Sunday, April 24, 2011

Jesus Christ is Risen! - April 24, 2011

Isaiah 53:11-12 (New International Version, ©2011)
11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many,a nd made intercession for the transgressors.

Matthew 28:1-10 (New International Reader's Version)
1 The Sabbath day was now over. It was dawn on the first day of the week. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a powerful earthquake. An angel of the Lord came down from heaven. The angel went to the tomb. He rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His body shone like lightning. His clothes were as white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, "Don't be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here! He has risen, just as he said he would! Come and see the place where he was lying. 7 Go quickly! Tell his disciples, 'He has risen from the dead. He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb. They were afraid, but they were filled with joy. They ran to tell the disciples.

9 Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings!" he said. They came to him, took hold of his feet and worshiped him.

10 Then Jesus said to them, "Don't be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. There they will see me."

There is no doubt, Jesus Christ lived, died for our sins and lives again. We do not serve a dead prophet or poet pr holy man, we serve a risen Savior. He has gone before us, so that one day we too can hope for resurrection. We too will live again after we die, and we will see all who have gone before us. There is a catch though, this hope and promise is for those who call on the name of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. That is the only way to the Father. Sorry, but this is the only truth!

He has Risen! He has Risen indeed!

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