He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay
Matthew 28:6 (NIV)
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
It is a fact of history that Christ is risen from the dead. Christianity is an historical religion, and it is the historical cross of Christ, which saves people from their sins. Literal blood stained the wooden cross upon which our Saviour hung, and it was erected on a little hill called Calvary – outside the city gates of Jerusalem.
The stone was not rolled away to let Christ come out.. it was rolled back by the two men in white to allow the world to enter, and to see.. and to wonder at the precious truth that: Christ is risen from the dead.
The devoted women need not have wondered how they were to remove the heavy stone, that first Easter morning.. for they were greeted with the joyful resurrection news: He is not here; He has risen, just as He said He would. Come and see the place where He lay.
The empty grave-clothes, encrusted with a large quantity of embalming myrrh and aloes, gave witness to His glorious resurrection, as the devoted women.. who had sped eagerly to the tomb that resurrection morning, were told to: “go quickly.. and tell His disciples that Christ has risen from the dead,” and He would meet them in Galilee in the near future. What a ripple of joy and wonder.. reverence and anticipation must have flooded the hearts of each of those faithful women, who loved their Lord so deeply.
There was a literal tomb where the body was placed. And there was a empty grave where Christ once laid. But now He is risen.. and the risen Christ has the power to save to the uttermost, all who come to Him in faith. Resurrection means to rise from the dead, never again to die. Death has no more dominion over Christ, and He had become the firstborn from the dead, paving the way for the bodily resurrection and everlasting life for all who believe in Him by grace through faith.
It is this glorious resurrection in which we place our faith, and those who have trusted Christ as Saviour, have been given the indwelling Holy Spirit as God’s guarantee that they too will receive a resurrection body. Let us have this confidence in Christ today, for His resurrection identified Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God. It verified the truth of Scripture and guarantees our own future resurrection. It gives power to our Christian life in this world.. and guarantees our future inheritance with Christ in heaven.. to Whom be all praise and glory.. through time and into eternity.
Dear Father God, thank You for seeing past the evil of death, and bringing about Christ’s resurrection. Thank You that we no longer need to fear death and hell, and thank You for placing us in Christ. Show us more of Him we pray, and may we participate in the fellowship of His sufferings and the power of His resurrection. May there be less of me and more of Him today, and may Christ shine through my life, as I go out into the world and tell of the wonders of His grace – in Jesus name. Amen