He Has Risen!

It was the women who showed up first thing Sunday morning. They were rewarded by being the first to hear the news:

He is not here;
He is risen, just as he said.
Matthew 28:6

The angel made it clear: He called it and He did it. The body was not stolen or moved.  He is no longer dead. He is alive!

We serve a risen Savior!

Friday’s death brought mourning, but Sunday’s resurrection is part of the “mystery of Christ” referred to by Paul:

  • Incarnation:        God became man
  • Substitution:      God paid our bill
  • Salvation:            We trade up – -our junk for His glory
  • Resurrection:     He is alive!

The words of Matthew 28:6 prompted Alfred Henry Ackley to pen these worshipful lyrics:

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.

The reality that He lives changes everything.

  • Christianity is not just a club of happy smilers encouraging each other to play nice.
  • Christianity is not just about changing behavior to be a good person today.
  • Christianity is not just about being the best you can be.

It’s about truth. Life. Eternity.

We may indeed play nice, change our behavior, and transform into a better person – but it’s all the result of a heart change from the inside out. It’s not a manufactured, buckle-down-and-do-it outer change. It’s an overflow.  It’s a natural by-product of a transformed heart. And it all happens because He is risen!

  • Because He is risen, the tables are turned. Death is not the end. Death does not win.
  • Because He is risen, Friday’s dirge becomes Sunday’s party.
  • Because He is risen, I have confident assurance for eternity.
  • Because He is risen, I choose Him. I live for Him. I am His.

Why serve a dead god when you can serve a risen Savior?

Because He is risen, I celebrate Him. Forget 1999 – let’s party like it’s Easter morning.

He has risen indeed!

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2 Responses to He Has Risen!

  1. Marney Weis says:

    I love it, Laura! Many thanks and may you continue to bless so many.

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