Sunday, April 21, 2019

He is Risen!

In the Gospels we read of the garden tomb with the stone rolled away. Angels with appearance like lightening and clothes white as snow stood there to tell the women, “He is not here; He is risen, just as He said” (Matthew 28:5). The different gospel versions imply that it might have been Jesus Himself greeting Mary Magdalene. Regardless of which account is most accurate, I have an image of bright gleaming light from angels and the empty tomb.

The above photo taken by my cousin Douglas F. Frank, a landscape photographer, brings to view a rock wall perhaps like the one used for Jesus’ burial. The clouds are exploding with the energy like a powerful wind that brings to mind an angelic or holy appearance. The hills in Jerusalem are similar to those in this image and stark. But the light shines in the skies announcing a risen Lord as He had prophesied. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief” (Matthew 17:23).

Forty-one (41) times in Scripture God speaks of the third day. It is holy, representing the trinity and Jesus’ resurrection on the third day. Jesus himself prophesied in John 2:19 to the Pharisees when they demanded a miraculous sign, ‘“Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”’ He was speaking of His own body and His own resurrection after three days. Jesus Himself is the Temple of God, and when He comes to live in you, then you too will be this temple of the Holy Spirit of God.

Easter is a miraculous event in history that cannot be refuted. Throughout all of Scripture we read of it and no evidence can destroy it. God in Christ Jesus rose from the grave that we might live in perfect peace, forgiven and renewed in Him. That is why we can sing on Easter, “Christ the Lord has risen today, hallelujah!” Examine the evidence yourself if you don’t believe it and come to a saving faith in the true Messiah, Jesus Christ.  

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