Daily Archives: April 8, 2012

Week 57 – Part I: Rising He Justified

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore

Death could not hold Him
The grave could not keep Him from rising again

Living He loved me, dying He saved me
And buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day
Glorious day

As we continue through the chorus of Glorious Day (found here), we come to the following line:

Rising He justified freely forever…

Rising, now that’s something. 

This act forever sets our Lord apart from all the “wannabees”.  You can run down the list –  Allah, Apollo, Atlas, Baal, Brahma, Buda, Gaia, Jupiter, Krishna, Osiris, Quetzalcoatl, Rama, Shiva, Si-Wang-Mu, Tyche, Thor, Vishnu, Venus, Xochiquetzal, Zeus or a thousand more “not quite’ gods.   

Jesus is the only one who ever came back to life after being dead!  This shows His power over death and sin.  He arose after three days in Joseph’s borrowed tomb. He again, set the example for us,  We, too will one day rise again to be with Him in heaven. 

Those who do not know Him and have not accepted His gift will be forever separated from Him. 

You can go to Israel and see a tomb, but there is no body there.  Today He sits at the right hand of the father.  He lived as a lowly servant but now He is highly exalted, interceding for us! 

He is risen! 

Praise Jesus for the empty tomb!

Jesus Christ – Risen Indeed

Although we study the passion of Jesus, His death on the cross, Easter is a celebration of His resurrection: God brought Jesus back from the dead, proving He’d broken the power of sin and death.

After Jesus died, they took His body down and put Him in the tomb, and a giant millstone was set in front of the cave. The religious leaders, worried that Jesus’ body might be stolen, asked for Roman guards to be posted in front of the tomb. They didn’t want Him coming out!

But of course, He did.

You know the story. But it’s important to remember that Easter is not some memorial to a nice, good religious teacher who lived 2,000 years ago. It’s a celebration of the fact that He is alive today!

I’m living proof—and so are the approximately 1 billion Christians who celebrate Easter. Jesus “was shown to be the Son of God when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4 NLT).

Easter is the good news about God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who came as a human baby, born into King David’s royal family line. Four historical records say that after His resurrection He showed Himself to 500 people at one gathering.

Can you imagine witnessing His death and then seeing Him walking around Jerusalem three days later? What an amazing thing!

When Jesus was hanging on the cross, the skeptics and critics mocked Him and said, “If You’re the Son of God, why don’t You just pull yourself down from that cross? Why don’t You just come down and show that You’re really God?”

Jesus had something more spectacular planned. He said, “I’m going to let you bury Me for three days, then I’ll come back to life to prove that I am who I say I am.”