Easter: Rising to the Occasion

On the third day, the ground around Jesus’ tomb shook, causing the guards stationed there to tremble and fall and the boulder over the entrance to the tomb rolled away. Inside the tomb, all that remained where His body once rested were the cloths that lay over him, neatly folded on the stone. Mary Magdelene and Jesus’ mother, Mary, went to visit the tomb with spices, but they found not Jesus’ body, but an angel, sitting on the boulder that was rolled away. He said to them, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.” (Matthew 28:1-6)

Jesus’ Resurrection is more than just fulfilling more prophecies of the Old Testament. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, He would not have been able to be the Way, the Truth, or the Life. In John 14:6, Jesus said that no one comes to the Father except through Him. A dead Messiah could not be the Life, for he is dead. He would not be the Way, either. How can a dead Messiah bring us to the Father? That said, this means He would not be the Truth, either, for by not being at least one of these, it disproves the entire statement of John 14:6. However, He has risen. By being the Life, He conquered death. By being the Way, He has sent us the Holy Spirit and is actively guiding more and more people to the Father. By being the Truth, He has fulfilled the Old Testament Messianic prophecies and has saved the world from their sins. Now, one question remains, are we willing to accept Him as our personal Savior?

Titus 3:4-7 can best tell us why His resurrection is significant.

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

Happy Easter to all, and God bless!

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