Jesus Christ Is Risen Today. The birth of Jesus Christ was a gift to all of us. God gave us His only Son to save us from our sins.
“For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.” This is according to Romans 14:9. Which proves that Jesus is the true King of the world.
1 Peter 1:3 confirms this: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”.
Understanding and acknowledging the benefits that the resurrection of Jesus brings us as well as the great standing that we have before the Lord elicits a response of praise from everyone. Psalm 148:2 says, “Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts.”
Likewise, Psalm 96:11 says, “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.” For by the return of Jesus from the dead, He spoiled principalities and powers. According to Colossians 2:15, “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
Jesus Christ Is With Us in Life and Death
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today. It is natural for people to feel sad when a loved one passes away. However, Jesus teaches us that even in death, we can find happiness. For example, when Lazarus died, the disciples witnessed his resurrection. Jesus brought him back to life.
John 11:14-15 tells us, “So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake, I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” It is not possible to understand the joy of resurrection if there is no loss and death. We will only know happiness when we know sadness.
When someone dies, we can proclaim that Jesus’ resurrection is a guarantee of our own resurrection in the future. You have to believe in the resurrection of Christ. “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” This is according to 1 Corinthians 15:17.
Each and every one of the Gospel accounts have a record of the time when Jesus rose from the dead. Sadly, this is not known by everyone. In fact, human understanding has yet to be awakened by the reality of Jesus’ resurrection. Neither did the disciples nor the women who found Him have a category for what transpired. Jesus was alive, yet they did not know it.
Jesus’ life was unexpectedly announced once again, and angels suddenly appeared. Thirty-three years earlier and just several miles from the tomb where they were, they announced to the shepherds that the Son of God was born. Many years later, they once again made an extraordinary claim. They told the women who saw Jesus die and get buried that He had risen and is now alive again.
The women became frightened, and their feeling of terror was understandable. After all, it was not possible for the dead to come back to life. Nevertheless, it was the reality. Jesus did rise from the dead and come back to life. The angels themselves confirmed this.
The women slowly felt calm, and their fears eventually disappeared. They felt hope and then faith. They trusted the angels. They acknowledged that Jesus indeed came back to life. Jesus Christ was alive! He had overcome death.
This is actually what Easter is all about – a simple yet remarkable claim. Jesus Christ rising back to life. He is once again alive. Easter does not issue any condition. It does not make any moral demand. It also does not offer any apologies. It only stares down depression, hopelessness, sickness, loneliness, and death. It proclaims that these negativities will never have the last word.
In addition, Easter does not make a promise that evil or suffering can be avoided. These two will always be present on Earth. We can experience them, but we can also get past them.
Easter makes a promise that we will always be in Jesus’ hands. He is the living Savior, and He will never leave us. Those who are weary will be put to rest. Jesus will never ever forsake us. He has risen from the dead, and He will live forever. Revelation 1:18 confirms this: “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades”. Jesus will take us with Him to Heaven.
Easter is celebrated worldwide. Movies, books, and songs have also been made about it. One of the most popular hymns was made by Charles Wesley. It is aptly titled “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.” It has since become the processional hymn played during Easter Sunday.
It is only fitting for us to enjoy Easter because it is a reminder of Jesus’ resurrection. It is a celebration that proves how much God loves us. He sent us His only Son to die for our sins and then come back to life so that He may take us with Him to Heaven. After Jesus’ resurrection, the Holy Spirit came to the apostles. Just like them, we can also receive the Holy Spirit. Alleluia!