Sunday, April 08, 2012

He Is Risen!

 1In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
 2And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
 3His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
 4And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
 5And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
 6He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
 7And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
 8And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
 9And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 

He Is Risen!

No more beautiful words have ever been spoken than, "He is risen." The Sabbath had ended and the dawn of a new day was beginning. The two Marys were hurrying to see the sepulcher where their Lord was laid, that they might put more spices upon his body. At this moment, we have one of those great "asides," where the Bible explains some new unexpected event.

Suddenly there was a great earthquake when the angel of the Lord descended from heaven and rolled back the stone from the door of Jesus' sepulcher and sat upon it. The angel's countenance was like lightening, and his clothing as white as snow. Upon seeing him, the soldiers stationed to guard the grave site shook with fear and became as dead men.

At just this time, the two Marys came upon the scene, and there stood the angel before them. Before they could even realize what was happening, the angel spoke to them the most beautiful words they had ever heard,
Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which 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, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
Could it be true? As the two Marys peered into the tomb, indeed it was empty. They could hardly hurry away fast enough to tell the disciples. But, an even greater surprise awaited them. Before they had walked any great distance, Jesus met them, saying, "All hail." Then, they rushed to Him, fell at His feet, and worshiped Him.

Those three words made all the difference. He is risen!  For all eternity, we who worship the Lord, will forever be thankful for our dear Lord and Savior who suffered and died, not for any crimes that He had done, but for all our sins. Yet, He did not stay in the tomb, for He, overcoming death and hell, burst forth from the grave, to triumphantly reign with God, His Father, forever.

Our hope and our destiny lie in His hands. He, who conquered death and sin for once and for all, wrought a great victory for all who come to Him. We no longer have to be bound by the chains of sin that had gripped man since the fall of Adam, but now have a door to eternal light, eternal joy, and eternal peace with God our Father, and our dear Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

On this Easter Sunday, over 2000 years later, we still rejoice and sing the praises of our Lord, who is our risen Savior. Some trust in money, fame, and fortune, but we will trust in God, our Savior, for He alone holds the key to all of our joy and happiness. No matter what happens to us on this earth, it is of no account, for our home is in Heaven with the Lord Jesus. We long for Him and look forward to the day when we will join Him in the courts of Heaven where we will live forever more!

Go, today, in the power of Christ and say, "He is risen. Yes, He is risen, indeed!"

God Bless You,
Linda

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