Archive for April 4, 2010

Christ the Lord is risen today.

…and that is what Easter Sunday means to me as a Christian.

Christians celebrate Easter Sunday because that is the time of Jesus’ resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the fundamental principles and beliefs of Christians and is a well documented historical fact. We celebrate Easter Sunday we believe, Jesus died for our sins on the Cross on Good Friday, Jesus was buried on the Friday and then rose from death on Sunday. 

Jesus is the only one who can give eternal life, and that is because He overcame death, death on the cross.

John 20:1-2, 10-18 (NIV)

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.  They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”.  “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

 “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”   Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ “

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Imagine you’ve been at the funeral of a family member or close friend two days ago, then a friend calls you and tells you they’ve seen and spoken to that person just a few minutes ago. You’d probably think they were mad or having some kind of mental breakdown. But imagine you were there when Jesus was crucified and then again when Mary Magdalene told the disciples she’d seen and spoken to Jesus.

Maybe knowing Jesus was God’s Son and had the power to do anything, you might have found it easier to believe Jesus had risen from the dead – but I think it would still have been very hard to believe Jesus had risen from the dead. But He did and because of that we have been forgiven of our sins. Wow!

Jesus IS alive! Hallelujah!