He is Risen, He is Not Here
By Dr. D. Wayne Beeks | March 31, 2018
“He has risen!” Three words spoken by Christians upon greeting one another the morning of celebration for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, known today as Easter Sunday.
Why was it so important for Jesus to raise from the dead, to be resurrected? For Jesus’s promise of eternal life to be true, Jesus had to show power over death. If the sinless Jesus, son of God, could not be capable of being resurrected, having power over death, then surely none of us could have any chance of resurrection or eternal life.
If there was no resurrection, Jesus’s prophecies and his ministry would have been false. All that had been promised in the ministry of Jesus is a fantasy, the Christian faith is a lie, as these events that make up the cornerstone of the Christian faith. If untrue, there is no forgiveness, there is no salvation, there is no eternal life, there is no heaven, there could be no Christian faith and we will remain unsaved and lost.
If there was no resurrection, Paul wrote there would be no redemption of sin, we would still be with sin, and unsaved if there were no resurrection; “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins. “(1 Corinthians 15:17)
But Jesus was raised from the dead, showing physical death is not the end of our existence giving promise that we too may one day also be raise; “But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept.” (I Corinthians 15:20)
Through Jesus’s death and resurrection, the debt of sin is paid in full; past, present, and future. “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.“ (Hebrews 10:10)
“In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:” (Colossians 1:22)
“23, Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was reckoned unto him; 24, but for our sake also, unto whom it shall be reckoned, who believe on him that raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25, who was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised for our justification.” (Roman 4:23-25)
An account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ can be found in the bible throughout the New Testament, and in the four Gospels. From the Gospel of Mark 16 verses 1 through 20 there is given account of the discovery of his resurrection when three women, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had gone to Jesus’s tomb to anoint his body with oils and spices. Truly they could not have expected Jesus had risen since they brought along those items and were discussing how they could move the heavy stone that blocked the entrance of the tomb. Can you imagine the awesome wonder they must have felt when they discovered the stone had been moved and the tomb was empty? The first to witness that Jesus Christ had been resurrected.
“1, And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2, And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. 3, And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? 4, And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 5, And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 6, And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. 7, But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. 8, And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they anything to any man; for they were afraid. 9, Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. 10, And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11, And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. 12, After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. 13, And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. 14, Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat,1 and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 15, And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17, And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18, They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19, So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20, And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:1-20)
“He is risen; He is not here “, Jesus Christ was resurrected from death, bringing the promise of salvation and eternal life to all that believe in Him.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26, And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
As we greet each other on this salvation morning let us jubilantly proclaim to each other, “He has Risen!”