Easter Resurrection: He is Risen
I’m reminded of a story about a group of Christians in a communist country where living for Christ, being a Christian, was illegal. Believers in this area had a tradition in the way they greeted one another. When they would see one of their fellow believers, they would greet them saying, “He is risen!” The one who was greeted would respond, “He is risen indeed!”
Luke 24:6 – “He is not here, but is risen.”
The authorities hearing of this became agitated and decided to call them into account for their actions. They gathered them all together in a large group. The authorities stood on a raised platform and brought the believer’s young leader up on the platform with them. The people stood anxiously before them to see what they were going to do. They placed a gun to each side of their leader’s head and warned them not speak of Jesus and the resurrection ever again.
The people stood in silence while the authorities waited for the young leader to address the crowd. They had warned him to encourage his people to comply or suffer the consequences. He stood there in silence for a moment, then shouted out “He is risen!” The response of the people, “He is risen indeed” was so thunderous that the shots to their leader’s head could not be heard. Let’s boldly stand for Him and proclaim, “He is risen! He is risen indeed!”
“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38). Because Jesus rose from the dead, we have the promise of physical healing, victory and a glorious resurrection of the body.
“If the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you” (Romans 8:11).
“Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:51-57).
Conformity to Christ
Praise the Lord! One day soon Jesus is going to call us home to Himself, where He has prepared a place for us (John 14:1-6). On that day we will become like Him in all of His glory. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29).
We pray each of you has a blessed and glorious Easter, your church services are anointed, filled to overflowing, and many come to know the resurrected Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).