He Is Risen!
We celebrate the Risen Savior – Christ the Lord.
After the Cross – The Tomb
After Christ’s sacrificial death on the Cross at Calvary, a rich man named Joseph was granted permission to prepare the beaten, bloody and unrecognisable body of Christ for burial. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean linen cloth and placed it in his own new tomb he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
The Roman soldiers placed guards at the tomb and put a seal on the stone to secure it, to make sure that none of the followers of Christ came to steal His body.
At dawn on the first day of the week the women came to look at the tomb.
“There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
“The greatest news that has ever flashed from heaven to earth is that Christ the Lord is risen. The angel at the tomb delivered the most important message ever to fall on the ears of mankind: “He is not here: for he is risen” (Matthew 28:6, KJV). The power of those words changed the course of history, brought hope to a hopeless world, and gave believers a purpose and a power that they had never known before.” — Billy Graham
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes;
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign. —Lowry
The resurrection of Christ is the most significant part of the Easter story. If it ended at the Cross of Calvary where would we be? It is Christ’s victory over death – the grave, that is our Hope – we serve a Living Savior!
“As the death of Christ removes the penalty of sin and declares the believer to be righteous before God, the Resurrection of the Lord empowers the believer in a transformed life. Both aspects are divine works of grace. By Christ’s Crucifixion, He becomes my Savior; by His Resurrection, He becomes my Lord.
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” — Ross Rhoads