On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. Luke 24:1-8 NIV
Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.” The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about. Luke 18:31-34 NIV
It is comforting to know that everything prophesied about the Coming Messiah has been fulfilled–just as it was told.
Because of His obedience and willingness to sacrifice His life for love; we all have an opportunity to live with Him for all eternity–just as He said we would.
There are many things that have been said throughout the past week and will continue in churches all over the world today, but the most important thing that can ever be said is, “He rose from the dead so we might have life.” It is through His resurrection that we gain grace–unmerited favor–to live with Him, not because of how good we are.
Actually, our entrance into Heaven has nothing to do with our being good, but on how we live that demonstrates we belong to Jesus.
Are we loving and forgiving?
Are we defending the rights of the poor and the needing?
Are we seeking God for direction in all we do or are we allowing the dictates of man to control us?
No one has demonstrated love with the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life so we might live other than Jesus.
No one has died and rose again–just as He said He would–returning to the Father–preparing a place for us–other than Jesus.
So take a few minutes or the entire day or the rest of the your life and think about what His Resurrection really means to you and enjoy the celebration!