Day 47

Holy Week in Real Time: Easter Sunday

from the Lent 2016 reading plan

Matthew 28:1-15, Luke 24:13-49, Psalm 16:9-11

He is risen!

Early on this Sunday morning during Holy Week, some of Jesus’ friends set out to His grave to anoint the body of their friend and teacher. But when they arrived, they were greeted by what one of the Gospel writers calls “a man dressed in lightning.” He told them Jesus was not there, as He said. He had risen (Matthew 28:1-6).

Every instance in Scripture where an angel meets with people involves a human response of fear. This encounter was certainly no different. This meeting Easter morning mirrors when the angel appeared to the shepherds outside Bethlehem to tell them that a Savior had been born unto them. To the shepherds, the angel came to announce that Jesus had come to them (Luke 2:8-20). To the women at the tomb, the angel came to tell them He had left them—but that He would appear again to them soon (Matthew 28:7).

Jesus’ resurrection opened a door between the fallen, groaning world into which He was born and the renewal of all things (Romans 8:22). That door was a stone rolled back by the very finger of God from the mouth of a grave outside of Jerusalem (Matthew 28:2).

Jesus Christ, God’s eternal Son, present at creation, came in the flesh to be the mediator between God and man. He lived the life of perfect righteousness that all people have failed to live. He died as a lamb led to the slaughter, offering Himself up as the perfect sacrifice to atone for the sins of the world, once and for all. He rose from the grave defeating death itself (1 Corinthians 15:54). Bearing all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18), He lives as the appointed heir of all things (Hebrews 1:2). Jesus rules over every corner of creation, putting every enemy under His feet, while making alive—by His grace through faith—those who were dead in their sins (Romans 6:11).

If Jesus has not risen, those who trust in Him are to be pitied because their hope extends no further than their wishful thinking. Their faith is futile, and they remain in their sins (1 Corinthians 15:16-19). But if Jesus has risen, then His disciples are born into a new hope—because just as death entered the world through one man, Adam, now resurrection has done the same through the incarnate Son of God, who has prevailed over the power of the curse (Romans 5:12-17).

The last enemy, death itself, has been destroyed (1 Corinthians 15:26).

No one took His life from Him. He laid it down (John 10:18). He laid His life down for His flock, His people. And He laid it down only to take it up again. The point of the cross was not to die, but to die and rise again, defeating the prowling wolves of sin and death themselves.

Jesus said, “I have authority to lay my life down, and I have authority to take it up again.” And this is just what He did. Easter says of Jesus, He meant it! He meant to lay down His life for you! And as sure as He has taken it up again, He knows you!

He is risen indeed!

Happy Easter.

written by Russ Ramsey
adapted from Behold the King of Glory

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8 thoughts on "Holy Week in Real Time: Easter Sunday"

  1. Will Rowland says:

    It has ultimate power over the law of sin and death. And it reveals itself in dramatic fashion.

  2. Will Rowland says:

    He is patient with our emotions getting between us and seeing truth. He indeed is King over all, even death itself.

  3. Will Rowland says:

    We can be blind to truth even when it is right in front of us. We must take God at his words and pray that the Spirit reveals truth to us.

  4. Isaac Jones says:

    God meant to lay down His life and pick it up again. Jesus reveals himself in the Old Testament showing how He was eternal in existence. He fulfilled his promises and continues to reveal himself by the opening of our minds.

  5. Isaac Jones says:

    He is risen! The gospel is not dependent on our own mental fortitude, but God’s given revelation and expansion of our minds. God planned these things from the beginning of time and they were fulfilled at the exact times He planned.

  6. Isaac Jones says:

    I will respond with praise because He did this of His own plan and volition. He chose sacrifice for salvation.

  7. Isaac Jones says:

    We are blind to God apart from His revelation. We are consumed with ourselves and fail to grasp the glory and planned path of God.

  8. Isaac Jones says:

    Heavenly Father,

    Thank you for this season of remembrance and reminder of the story that is true. Jesus lived the life we could not and died our death, and resurrected again. Remind us of the truth and eight of Your actions so we will be faithful to share. We love you and thank you for Jesus and the Easter events; amen.

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