THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST





"And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe

sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.

But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth,

who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.

But go, tell His disciples..."

(Mark 16:6-7)






The heart of Easter is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!




Man deals with many things in this world, but he should never forget his three greatest enemies: Satan, sin, and death. Jesus came into this world to defeat these three strong powers of darkness. When we read the Bible, we discover Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness, overcame sin by His sinless life, and conquered death by His victorious resurrection. the Bible gives more importance to the resurrection of Christ than to any other miracle because there is no Christianity without the resurrection. If this miracle can be proved to a man, he will have no difficulty with the rest of the Bible.


The resurrection of Jesus is the day that changed the world! The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the greatest miracle of history and is one of the most undeniable facts of history. Every possible opposition raised against Christ's resurrection has been answered by the strong testimony of many who saw and died for Him like the apostle Peter. "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty" (2 Peter 1:16). The apostle Paul said Christ was "declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead" (Romans 1:4).


The apostle Paul declared Jesus to be the Son of God, whom God raised and exalted to His right hand. Even though some people crucified Him as a criminal, others believe in Him and enthrone Christ in their hearts. Ask yourself if you have done this very thing. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9).


Jesus' resurrection certifies that God has removed the believer's sins "As far as the east is from the west" (Psalm 103:12) because "He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:2). His death resolves the sin debt of every believer, and His resurrection is like a rubber stamp with the words "paid in full" on his bill, which he was not able to pay. " [Jesus] was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification" (Romans 4:25). The resurrection of Jesus Christ guarantees the Christian of his own resurrection that he will enjoy one day. "And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly" (1 Corinthians 15:49).


In this world, we all carry the image of fallen Adam. We are helpless to sin and death, but in our resurrection, we shall be like Christ: sinless, adopted children of God and joint-heirs with Christ. We who have this blessed hope daily in this life are becoming more like Him. "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18).


The apostle Paul reminds us in Philippians chapter 3 of the importance of the resurrection of Christ. "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection..." (Philippians 3:10). If we do not know the power of the resurrection of Christ, and if we do not see ourselves as dead in Christ, then the darkness of the cross is still upon our hearts. In this case, we do not breathe the fresh air of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are ignorant of our real liberty. To be alive with Christ, we must be dead to all that the flesh desires. We must know "whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4).


If we know the power of the resurrection of Christ, we must "seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God" (Colossians 3:1). We must see ourselves as being raised up with Him, dead to sin, dead to the pleasures, and dead to the vanished glory of the world which crucified the Lord of Lords. The things of the world no longer exercise any influence over our thoughts and over our lives. His presence and divine love must shine on us with the assurance of our salvation and the joy of our redemption.


After all, we will no longer find any pleasure in things of this world. Satisfaction does not come any longer for us from the world, but from above, tirelessly serving, praising, and glorifying the risen Lord.


"For whether we live, we live unto the Lord;

and whether we die, we die unto the Lord:

whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's"

(Romans 14:8)


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•   In 1999, my wife and I had the privilege of visiting the Holy Lands — a wonderful place where our Lord spent His life on the earth. After that visit, our lives have not been the same. What the Bible says is all true. There is a Calvary, and there is an empty tomb. I have a picture of the empty tomb in my office. It always reminds me of my Lord's love, sacrifice, and power. We saw with our own eyes where our Lord was laid when He was buried and is now not there. Yes! He is Not There. He Is Risen. Hallelujah!


•   On the wall going into the empty tomb is written the following:


"Death is swallowed up in victory.

O death, where is thy sting?

O grave, where is thy victory?"

-1 Corinthians 15:54-55


"The glory of God shall be seen by those who put

their faith in Jesus in times of greatest Distress and

hopelessness. They are certain that He is greater

than any Distress, even greater than Death itself."


•   Without Jesus' resurrection from the dead, life would be hopeless. Jesus is not a baby anymore in Bethlehem, an adult on the cross, or dead in a tomb. Instead, He is alive and sits at the right hand of His father. I know this because I talk to Him each day in my prayers, and through His Spirit, He answers me and reveals His existence as the Holy Scripture's prove it. I know my Redeemer lives. Hallelujah!


•   The Risen Jesus has brought the gift of forgiveness and salvation to each Christian. Now, it is our responsibility as believers in Christ to share this good news with others without holding anything back.


Let the heavens sing, and the earth rejoice!


by Ted Matamis, copyright © 2019. All rights reserved.



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Meditations On Our Risen Lord (Audio)

Jesus Is Resurrected (Video)



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Christ the Lord Is Risen Today(Music Clip)


"Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!

Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!"





Hallelujah, He is Risen!. We serve a risen Savior.



He Lives (Music Clip)


"He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.

He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart."

"Because I live, you shall live also."

(John 14:19)

"Jesus said to him,

'Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'" (John 20:29)


BIBLE VERSES


"And he [Angel} saith unto them [Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome], Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.” (Mark 16:6,7)


"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..." (Matthew 28:6,7)


"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."

(1 Corinthians 15:3-4)


"... Jesus rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once..." (1 Corinthians 15:4-6)


"...he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3 )


"Jesus our Lord ... was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification" (Romans 4:24,25).


"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die" (John 11:25,26)


"Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, . . . and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them ... to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord"

(1 Thess. 4:14-17)


"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which ... hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3)


"He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead" (Acts 17:31)


"When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture,and the word which Jesus had said." (John 2:22)


"Jesus Christ ... declared to be the Son of God with power, ... by the resurrection from the dead" (Romans 1:3,4)


"Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." (Romans 8:34)


"When He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:3)


"If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved"

(1 Cor. 15:17; Romans 10:9)


"That I may know him (Christ), and the power of his resurrection..." (Philippians 3:10)


"For I know that my redeemer liveth..." (Job 19:25)


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The tomb of Jesus Christ is famous because it is empty!




QUOTES


"The resurrection is a fact better attested than any event recorded in any history, whether ancient or modern”

"Prince of Preachers," Charles H. Spurgeon


"I know the resurrection is a fact...Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Everyone was beaten, tortured, stoned, and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren't true..." — Evangelist, Charles Colson


"The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. If the resurrection did not take place, then Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God and the Christian faith is absolute truth." — Dr. Henry M. Morris


"Perhaps the transformation of the disciples of Jesus is the greatest evidence of all for the resurrection." "Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed." — Quotes by Theologian, John Stott


"The greatest negative in the universe is the Cross, for with it God wiped out everything that was not of Himself: the greatest positive in the universe is the resurrection, for through it God brought into being all." "Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection."— Quotes by Chinese Christian Leader, Watchman Nee


"The New Testament writers speak as if Christ's achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the 'first fruits,' the pioneer of life,' He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so." — Scholar and Author, C. S. Lewis


"The resurrection of Jesus Christ was necessary to establish the truth of his mission and put the stamp of all-conquering power on his gospel." — Clergy, Attorney and Author, Edward McKendree Bounds


"The Gospel is the Gospel of the Risen Christ. There would be no Gospel for sinners if Christ had not been raised." "We are not preaching the Gospel of a dead Christ, but of a living Christ who sits exalted at the Father's right hand, and is living to save all who put their trust in Him. — Quotes by Dr. H.A. Ironside


"The message of Easter is not that Jesus is alive, it is so much more. The message of Easter is that Jesus has risen." — Pastor and Author, Colin Smith


"The message of Easter is that God's new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you're now invited to belong to it. If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all he said."

Pastor, Theologian, and Christian Apologist, Timothy Keller


"Belief in the resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith. It is the Christian faith."

Theologian, George Carey


"The resurrection of Jesus changes the face of death for all His people. Death is no longer a prison, but a passage into God’s presence." — Author, Clarence W. Hall


"Because of the empty tomb, we have peace. Because of His resurrection, we can have peace during even the most troubling of times because we know He is in control of all that happens in the world."

Pastor and Author, Paul Chappe


"The risen life of Jesus is the nourishment and strengthening and blessing and life of a Christian."

Minister, Alexander MacLaren


"By His life, death, and resurrection, our Savior has conquered our enemies, and by His Spirit He has granted us to share in the victory." — Pastor and Theologian, R. C. Sproul


"God has defeated Satan through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through this overwhelming victory, God has also empowered you to overcome any temptation to sin and has provided sufficient resources for you to respond biblically to any problem of life. By relying on God's power and being obedient to His Word, you can be an overcomer in any situation." — Missionary, Author, and Radio producer, John C. Broger


"It ought to be placed in the forefront of all Christian teaching that Christ's mission on earth was to give men Life. "I am come," He said, "that ye might have Life, and that ye might have it more abundantly." And that He meant literal Life, literal spiritual and Eternal Life, is clear from the whole course of His teaching and acting."

Evangelist and Writer Henry Drummond


"The believer must know where the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ have forever set him, before he can be an intelligent worshipper, an acceptable servant, or an effectual witness."

Preacher and Writer, C.H. Mackintosh


"Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime."

Priest and Theologian, Martin Luther


"For Christ the Lord hath risen, Our Joy that hath no end."— John of Damascus



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Jesus' resurrection guarantees that death is not the end of our journey

but there is much more to come!




The Way of the Cross


Some of us stay at the cross,

Some of us wait at the tomb,

Quickened and raised with Christ

Yet lingering still in the gloom.


Some of us ‘bide at the Passover feast

With Pentecost all unknown,

The triumphs of grace in the heavenly place

That our Lord has made His own.


If the Christ who died had stopped at the cross,

His work had been incomplete.

If the Christ who was buried had stayed in the tomb,

He had only known defeat,


But the way of the cross never stops at the cross

And the way of the tomb leads on

To victorious grace in the heavenly place

Where the risen Lord has gone.


— Annie Johnson Flint


The Resurrection


The day of resurrection?

Earth, tell it out abroad;

The Passover of gladness,

The Passover of God.


From death to life eternal,

From this world to the sky,

Our Christ hath brought us over

With hymns of victory.


Now let the heavens be joyful,

Let earth her song begin;

Let the round world keep triumph,

And all that is therein;


Let all things seen and unseen

Their notes in gladness blend,

For Christ the Lord hath risen,

Our Joy that hath no end.


John of Damascus

                       He Is Risen

                      

     The Lord is risen, the stone is rolled away,

        But not by human hands.

     The morning breaks, night's shadows flee away,

        And broken are death's bands.


     The Lord is risen; and buried in His tomb,

        The weight of sin He bore

     Upon the cross for me.

        The fear, the gloom of death haunt me no more.


     The Lord is risen; blest proof that God in heaven

        Accepts the sacrifice.

     The work is done, my sins are all forgiven,

        My Saviour paid the price.


     The Lord is risen; His pierced hands and side

        Now plead for me above.

     The Lord is risen; He lives for me, who died

        To save and win my love.


     The Lord is risen, and waits for me up there

        In that bright home above,

     Where He has gone His mansions to prepare

        For those who know His love.


     Yea, He is risen, my Representative,

        And pledge that He, in grace,

     My debt has paid. Because He lives, I live,

        And shall behold His face.


     Yea, He is risen. Within the veil I've cast

        My anchor, and 'ere long

     I shall be home with His redeemed, at last,

        To sing the new eternal song.


     Since He is risen, faith cannot but avail;

        And so I trust His word:

     I know 'tis true. Thy promise could not fail,

        My risen, living Lord.


     —Helen McDowell


Without Jesus' resurrection from the dead, life would be hopeless.

"Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."

(1 Corinthians 15:3-4)


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"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved"

(Romans 10:9)

Dear Friend, We are thinking of you on Easter Day

and asking God

to bless you abundantly,

love you dearly,

and watch over you always!


We wish you and your loved ones God's blessings and a

Happy

Resurrection

Sunday!


Love in Christ,

Ted and Deanna