He is Risen!! He is Alive!!!
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”……. Matthew 28:1-10
In our previous study, we saw the burial of Jesus and how His tomb was secured by the Roman Soldiers at the request of the Chief Priests and Pharisees to make sure that the body of Jesus was not stolen by His Disciples. And we saw that God arranged for that so that there will be no doubts about the Resurrection of Jesus. We saw how Sovereign and Almighty our God is. He uses the tactics and schemes of the enemies of the Gospel for His own Glory. Here we See the Resurrection of Jesus!!! It is the Beginning of a New Race!!! There is nothing as Great as this ever reported about a Man.
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.: After the Regular Sabbath of Saturday, these women brought spices to anoint the body of Jesus(Luke 24:1), because there was no opportunities during the Sabbath days(Remember there were two Sabbaths in the Week that Jesus died. The Passover Feast Sabbath(Friday) and the regular Sabbath(Saturday)). Jesus was buried in a rush because the Sabbath day was fast approaching(John 19:31). So Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday Morning and this is Always called, “The Lord’s Day”. This is why Christians go to church meetings on Sunday in case you don’t know(Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2).
And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.: Jesus had already been raised up from the dead. The stone was not rolled away so that Jesus could come out of the tomb. Jesus had a body that could pass through closed Doors after His resurrection. Remember He appeared to His Disciples when they were in a closed room. So He had no problem coming out of that tomb. The stone was rolled away not for Jesus sake but for others to go in and see that Jesus was not there.
But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.: Those who have come seeking the Lord have no reason to be afraid. The enemies were afraid and stood like dead Men but the Angels told the Women not to be afraid. Fear is never from God. The first time the word Afraid appeared in the Bible was when Adam Sinned and heard the voice of God(Genesis 3:10). Anything that is Spiritual create fear in the heart of a Sinner but those who have come seeking the Lord should not fear. Are you seeking the Lord? Don’t be afraid of anything!!! There are many people who have a desire to seek the Lord but the fear of the unknown has gripped their Hearts. They are not sure if the Lord loves them and will care for them. They are afraid that they may not be rich or their needs be meet. This is the lie of the Devil. For, He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him(Hebrews 11:6). Let us therefore cast All fears away for Even and Angels are aware and rejoice about those who seek after the Crucified Lord. For you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.(Hebrews 12:22-24).
He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” says the Angel. The Resurrection of Jesus is the Most important event in the History of Man. I don’t think that Christians have sufficiently given emphasis to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Why do I say that? Jesus Christ is not the only Man who has been Crucified. Many people have been Crucified before Jesus and after Jesus. Many Religious leaders have been killed like this. Many old testament Prophets were killed. But How is Jesus Different from everyone of them? It was the RESURRECTION!!! This one was different from the raising of Lazarus and others that were raised in the Bible. All those that have been raised from the Dead Died again. They didn’t conquer Death. They were raised temporary to Die again. But in Jesus case, He never Die again!!! Those that were raised from the Dead came back with their old bodies, they became Sick, old and died again. But Jesus rose with a Resurrection body that could disappear. It was a body with blood it only has Flesh and bone. When He appeared to His Disciples, He said, ” Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have(Luke 24:39). When Christ comes back, we are also going to have a body like that. Philippians 3:20-21 says, For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself”. Our bodies is going to be exactly like His own during Rapture. Christians makes a lot about the Birth and death of Jesus. What are the most common paintings of Christ that you have seen? It is the Birth and death of Christ. How many have you seen about Christ Coming out of the Grave alive? This is the Most important part!!! But the Devil has hidden that from majority. He is always wanting people to think of a weak helpless Christ like a little baby in a Manger been helpless or a person hanging on the Cross weak and helpless. The Cross is empty today!!! He is not there!!! He is Risen!!! This is what needs to be proclaimed. Those that carry Cross about showing Jesus on it needs to hear this, “He is Risen!!! This Cross and the Grave is empty now!!!” The Resurrection is the Most important truth in the Bible. This is the Proof that Jesus is the Son of God. Romans 1:4 says, ” He was declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead”
The Angel reminded them that Jesus Himself already said He was going to be raised from the dead after three days and three nights so that they would not be surprised. If we remember what Jesus has said in His Word, we will have no reason to be surprised about what is happening around us. Will you be surprised when You get to Heaven and discover that Many Preachers who preached and healed in Jesus name never knew Him and will be sent to Hell? Don’t be surprised!!! Remember Jesus already said, ” “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’(Matt 7:21-23). If we remember the Words of Jesus, Nothing will be a surprise to us.
And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you: I can imagine the women dancing at the tomb and checking again and again at the tomb to see if it was a joke. I can imagine them smiling and smelling the grave clothes again and again. But there is no need for that. We must not monopolize the revelation that we have gotten from God that has been a blessing to our lives. We must not keep the sermons, teachings, and books that has Blessed us greatly to ourselves. We must be quick to share it with others. Notice that they were to tell the Disciples first and not the Chief priest or the Pharisees. There is a great Lust within us to boast about what God has done for us to those who oppose us so that they may be put to shame but this is not God’s way, we must tell the Disciples first. We must tell the Friends of Christ first. Notice, the Angels Himself could not go and Tell His Disciples. God has ordained that Human beings should be the witnesses of Jesus. The Angels would have been delighted if God had given them such opportunity but God did not. This privilege has been given to redeemed Sons of Adam who have become the Sons of God. Just like an Angel could not give the Gospel to Cornelius and all He could do is to send for Peter(Acts 10:5-6). God would rather use those who have fallen again and again in Sin to preach the Gospel instead of using Angels. Why is this? Only those who have experienced what it means to be a Sinner can spread the Goodness of God’s forgiveness to others. God needs Humans and not Angels!!! Even if you have failed and failed, God needs You in spreading the Goodness to others if only You will repent and turn back to Him. Angels are not Permitted to preach. It is You that God needs!!! The first witnesses of the resurrection were women. In the Jewish community, the women were not recognized in the things of God but Here we see something different in the New Covenant that the first witnesses of the resurrection were women and one of them was Mary Magdalena. That Demon possessed evil and sinful woman who had been redeemed by Jesus Christ and transformed into a saint of God. Every Sister must be a Flaming, Spirit filled and Spirit baptized for Jesus Christ to tell others about what Jesus had done and about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them: So the Women Ran!!! Beautiful. They were quick about it. There was Joy at the same time fear in their hearts. A beautiful picture of how we must serve the Lord. Psalm 2:11 says, ” Serve the Lord with fear,And rejoice with trembling.”.Not a Fear that God is going to hurt us, but a fear that we are going to hurt God in our attitude and Sin. A fear of breaking God’s Heart despite His Great Love towards us. And as they went, Jesus met them!!! Those who have a Longing and desire to share the good news of Christ with others will always have a new experience with the Lord. If we make use of the teachings and revelations we have had on the word of God, more will be given unto us. Let us therefore be quick to share the Good news of Christ and we shall find Him revealing Himself to us better Everyday.
saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”: Those who have seen the Lord in their hearts cannot but worship and lay hold of Him. Those who have encountered the Lord cannot but bow their hearts to Him. If You claim to have met the Lord and refuse to offer your bodies to Him, then you are deceiving Yourself. For offering our bodies to the Lord is the spiritual service the Lord requires of us(Romans 12:1). Notice, now He calls them His brethren. They have come into a new Covenant relationship with God. What a wonderful relationship we have come to through the death and resurrection of Jesus. God is now our father, and Jesus has become our Elder Brother. Jesus is not the Only Son of God anymore. He is now called the Firstborn among many other Brothers and sisters (Romans 8:29). Those that still call Jesus, “The Only Son of God” are still ignorant of this great Truth. There is a need to know our position in Christ. It would change our whole attitude to life. The Father loves us exactly as He loves Jesus. There is no partiality with Him. If He had a plan for The firstborn, He definitely has a Plan for the Last born. If He cared for the firstborn, will He ignore the Last born? Not at all!!! Thanks be to God who have made all this Possible through Christ Jesus. Let us therefore take care of our position as Sons and Daughters of God. And not live our lives ignorant of what the Lord has done for us.
Dear Friend, the Resurrection of Christ is the Only Significant event that makes Christianity different from other Religions. It is only Jesus that conquered Man’s Greatest Enemy which is Death. We are called to be witnesses of His Resurrection. If we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, even if we die, we will live again. As many that has received Him and followed Him will one day have a glorified body as He is. May the Lord give us Grace to endure unto the End(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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