Happy Resurrection Sunday!

He is Risen! He is risen, indeed!

Today is the day we celebrate what some call Easter and others call Resurrection Sunday. Some celebrate it for the candy and Easter egg hunts and some celebrate it for the importance of the Resurrection. Why is this holiday so important? I think 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 sums it up very well. (Well, technically the whole chapter sums it up, but I thought doing a shorter passage would be better.)

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Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.” (1 Corinthians 15:12-19)

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Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, we would still be condemned to hell. Since Jesus Christ rose from death to life, we have the hope of eternal life.

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?'”(John 11:25-26)

Do you believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life? Without belief in His sacrifice, you cannot go to heaven. Heaven is where God is. God is holy and cannot allow anything even remotely sinful into heaven. Without the covering of Jesus’ blood, you cannot be clean.

And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22)

When He died that first Good Friday, He died for each and every one of you, to pay for YOUR sins. He became the ultimate sacrifice for every human being. If we accept Him, God won’t see all the bad we’ve done, He’ll see us white as snow, washed by the blood of Jesus Christ

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

But there is good news!! As we are celebrating today, we know that Jesus didn’t stay dead. He rose from the dead!

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

The tomb is empty!

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But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles.

Can you say with me: “He is risen. He is risen, indeed!”


 

Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, He’s risen for me.

Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, He’s risen for you.

Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, He’s risen for all.

Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, He’s risen indeed.

 

Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, He rose to pay my sin.

Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, He rose to pay for your sin.

Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, He rose to pay for all sin.

Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, He rose indeed.


This is one of my favorite Resurrection songs. Please think about the words very carefully as you watch it.

Which one are you?

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As we all prepare to worship this Palm Sunday, we should ask the question “Which one am I?”  The day that Jesus entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, which person in the crowd would you have been?  Would you have been one of the crowd who wanted Jesus to overthrow Rome and set you free?  Or would you have been one of those who had at least a small understanding that Jesus wasn’t entering Jerusalem as conquering King, but rather as the Sacrificial Lamb?

If you were one of Jesus’ disciples, what would you have been thinking when Jesus asked you to fetch him a donkey:

 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me.  If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”  This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to the daughter of Zion,

‘Behold your King is coming to you,

Gentle, and mounted on a donkey,

Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”  (Matthew 21:1-5)

Matthew goes on to say that the disciples “went and did just as Jesus had instructed them”, but what were they thinking as they did so?  Did they recall hearing the prophecy from Zechariah?  What would you have been thinking?

Palm-Sunday-Wallpaper-02Jesus had been giving hints and outright saying what would happen when the entered Jerusalem.  Would you have believed that Jesus was truly going to die?  Or would you have been caught up in the fervor of the moment and simply spent that time worshiping the God-man you expected to be the Conquering King, come to save you from Roman domination?

The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats.  Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road.  The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David;

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;

Hosanna in the highest!”

When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?”  And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”  (Matthew 21:6-11)

If you were one of Jesus’ disciples, would you have fled the next week when Jesus was betrayed by your friend Judas and arrested by the Chief Priests?  When Jesus was buried in the grave, would you have remembered what he had told you?

“For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial…Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, ‘I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.’  But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”  (Matthew 26:12, 31-32)

Which one are you today?  Do you worship Christ as Conquering King, the one will save you from whatever situation, dilemma, or oppression you are facing?  Or do you know Him as your Sacrificial Lamb who has taken away your sins?