He is Risen
Category : General
1 Corinthians 15: 14 (KJV)
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
Ask people today what the gospel is, as I have suggested, and this is often what they will say, “Well, Jesus lived and died.” No, that is not the gospel. Everyone believes that Jesus died. Every humanistic philosophy today accepts the fact that Jesus died. But there is no good news in that. The good news is Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. That is the good news, that his death accomplished something for us. It changed us, it delivered us, it set us free. That death had great significance in the mind and heart and eyes of God, and that is the good news. As Peter puts it in his words, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,” (1 Peter 2:24). Or, to use the words of Isaiah, “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed,” (Isaiah 53:5 KJV).
However, if Jesus did not rise again from the dead, we are in trouble. In 1 Cor 15:12-20, Paul tells us the consequences of having a dead Messiah. If Jesus is dead, then we have no hope. If Jesus is dead, we are wasting our time here today. If Jesus is dead, I am more of a fool than people already think I am. If Jesus is dead there is no heaven, there is no salvation, there is no forgiveness, there is no hope, there is no future, there is no reason to live. If Jesus is dead, then we are all headed to Hell. If Jesus is dead, God help us, for we will face His awful wrath in Hell forever! I am thankful to God, Jesus isn’t dead! The message of the angel still reverberates down the corridors of time. It tells us this resurrection day morning that “He is not here, for He is risen, as He said.” Thank God, He lives! Because He lives, there is hope. There salvation. There is a Friend that “sticketh closer than a brother.” There is forgiveness of sin. There is grace to live for God, to be saved, to face whatever comes our way, and to die. Because He lives life for the believer is not in vain, but it will end in glory in His exalted presence. Because He lives, there is hope for the lost sinner; he can run to Jesus and find a willing Savior.
That is the good news, that God did something for us in that marvelous event of the cross. As we contemplate the cross, and the dying of Jesus in our place, we see that the good news of it is that God takes it seriously, and he is prepared to treat us in an entirely different way than we deserve to be treated on the basis of the death of Jesus on our behalf. That is the good news. There on the cross, we are told, he dealt with our failures, he dealt with our rebellion, he dealt with our sinful, guilty lives. He did something about it so that besmirched and dark and stained past does not any longer need trouble us. It has been set aside by the death of Jesus, and with that fact we enter into hope and freedom.
The resurrection of Jesus changes the face of death for all His people. Death is no longer a prison, but a passage into God’s presence. Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. Clarence W. Hall—
Have a Great and God filled Resurrection Sunday