April 13, 2017

By Mike Donnalley

But the angel said the the woman, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”

(Matthew 28:5-6)

These are the words spoken to Mary Magdalene by an angel of God when she attempted to visit Jesus’ tomb. Shockingly, the angel does not make very much of the fact that Jesus rose from the grave aside from simply reminding Mary that Jesus had previously spoken of this exact event. One specific instance of this is in Matthew 16:21, where Jesus explains to his disciples that “he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

Therefore, when the angel explains, “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said,” we ourselves are reminded that Jesus’ life, death, and subsequent victory over that death were all planned by God himself before he ever created the universe (Titus 1:2). We are also reminded that Jesus knew he would be raised from the dead because he trusted in the the power and sovereignty of God, neither of which can be limited by anything even by something as seemingly final as death.

And now because Jesus reigns victoriously over death we have full assurance that Jesus accomplished salvation on our behalf. In fact, if you are trusting in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins through his life, death, and resurrection, you have innumerable benefits bestowed upon you through his resurrection. Here are just of few of these benefits:

  • You will no longer be condemned for any of your sins (Romans 8:1, Psalm 103:10-11)
  • You will never be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:39)

  • You are united with Christ now and in eternity (Eph. 2:6)

  • You will have fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore in Christ (Psalm 16:11)

 

This is just a tiny sample of all the wonderful, glorious blessings that Jesus has secured for us by taking our place on the cross and defeating death in his resurrection. It is no wonder that Paul exclaimed, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” We, as Christians, are the wealthiest of all people. We can have more hope, more joy, more love than anybody else in this world because of the inexhaustible grace and love that God has shown us through his Son, Jesus Christ.

Therefore, as we approach Easter, rejoice! Do not cease to give thanks to God for his incredible love displayed in the resurrection of Jesus. Continue growing in your trust in him because of all the magnificent works he has done for you. Christ is victorious, rejoice!