He Is Not Here, But Is Risen!

Foundational to the Gospel message is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Luke writes:

Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? “He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, “saying, ‘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. (Luke 24:1-8).

Rolling Stone Tomb Near Megiddo. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

This Roman tomb near Megiddo illustrates the type of tomb supplied by Joseph of Arimathea for the burial of Jesus (John 19:38-42).

But “Death cannot keep his prey–Jesus, my Savior! He tore the bars away–Jesus, my Lord! Up from the grave He arose With a mighty triumph o’er His foes; He arose a Victor from the dark domain, And He lives forever with His saints to reign: He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

“The Lord is risen indeed” (Luke 24:34).

Suggestion: read and reflect on1 Corinthians 15, that great resurrection chapter.

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