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Apr 03 2010

Resurrection Day – He Has Risen

  Shortly after I came to came to faith, maybe a couple of months later, I asked what can probably be regarded as the epitome of  dumb questions of all time.  As a new Christian who did not grow up in a Christian home or environment, I really was like a little child learning something new even though I was a young adult.  I actually asked someone at my new church “how come we haven’t found Jesus’ body.”  You’re probably saying “wow, I can’t believe you asked that.”  Well, neither can I.  But I did.

Several years ago, while visiting Israel, I went to what is believed to likely be Jesus’ tomb (no one knows for sure).  Even though it may not be the “actual” tomb, it would be in the general vicinity and would very much resemble the actual tomb that He would have been placed in.  At the entrance of the tomb, there is a sign with the following scripture:

  • He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
    Matthew 28:6 (ESV)

All of Jesus’ work prior to His resurrection would not have been sufficient for the culmination  of His work was completed with His resurrection.

His sacrifice is the guarantee of the Christian’s justification:

  • who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
    Romans 4:25 (ESV)

Jesus’ resurrection displayed established His victory over death.

  • God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.  Acts 2:24 (ESV)

The Apostle Paul considered Jesus’ resurrection as proof that Jesus is whom He said He is.

  • because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
    Acts 17:31 (ESV)

Jesus was born for a specific purpose.  He came in the tent of human flesh and lived a sinless life.  He was the spotless and perfect sacrifice that, once and for all, forever satisfied the justice of  God’s wrath for sin.  Sin is atoned for all who place their faith in Him. He was born, lived a sinless life, died on the cross to atone for our sin.  He died and was resurrected, thus defeating death for all time.

Our Lord Jesus’ Resurrection took the sting of death and removed it.  Death is “swallowed up in victory.”  Death for the believer has been forever defeated.

  • When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
    “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
    “O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”
    1 Corinthians 15:54-55 (ESV)

That day in Israel while at the tomb, I stood inside for the longest time.  I thought back to my “dumb” question as a brand new Christian.  As I stood there inside the tomb looking at where He may have lay,  I was a bit embarrassed and ashamed at my question many years ago.  How could I have not understood the full implication and significance of what He accomplished?  In my human ignorance, I lessened what He actually accomplished.  Yet, I stood in what likely could be His actual tomb.  It is empty for He has risen.

It it finished. He has Risen.

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  1. Repent Harlequin

    Happy Resurrection Day, Blog Lady T.

    1. Tishrei

      Hey Kent,

      And a Happy Resurrection Day to you too!!! :)

      BLT

  2. Margaret

    Tishrei,

    This is most beautifully written!….. Thank you for this witness….. You stated, “In my human ignorance, I lessened what He actually accomplished.”….. That made me think of a couple of things….. First, how absolutely marvelous and wonderously tender our Lord’s love, understanding, and patience is towards all of us….. Jesus knew exactly what seed that He had planted in your heart and He knew what it would take for His seed to grow into what He had made it to ultimately be….. So, it does not matter one bit to Him what the seed looks like as it is beginning to sprout….. Instead, He is most delighted with its life and growth.

    Secondly, yes, you were new to the faith at that time and you were doing what was needed to feed your faith, i.e. studying God’s word and learning….. But, there are many who have grown up in Christian homes, and have been given all the heritage necessary to continue growing in the true faith — nevertheless, as soon as they are “of age”, they no longer study God’s word, worship, or go to the Lord in prayer…. Maybe something will happen in their life that will once again get their attention and draw them back to the Lord….. But, in the mean time, they are living like any non-Christian lives…..

    In other words — they have absolutely no real understanding of the resurrection and how it can change their lives….. Talk about sad as we joyfully praise our Lord for His resurrection power in our lives.

    Have a most blessed Resurrection Day!

    Margaret

    1. Tishrei

      Hi Margaret,

      You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff I asked when I first came to faith and how all over them map I was. But as that old Christian adage goes, “I’m still a work in progress.” I’m blessed that there’s been some good progress but OY — there’s so much more that needs to be done.

      Your comment reminds me of a little story I heard about this little girl in Sunday School. The Sunday School teacher asked the young students what Jesus first words when He was resurrected. One little girl about 6 years old said “TA DA.” In my mind’s eye, I pictured Jesus smiling at that young child’s innocence.

      I hope you had a blessed Resurrection Day! :)

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