“When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, ‘Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?’ But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.”‘”
With the words “He is risen” the whole world changed, the entire universe changed. Jesus won the victory over sin and death when He died on the cross for every sin ever committed, past, present and future, and when He rose from the dead on the third day He proved that our victory was secure. This is the central event in all of history, and the Resurrection changed everything. Through faith in Him our hope and future are secure. Who else can make such a claim? No one. Every other religion, every other philosophy, every other belief system, was founded by someone who lived and died and is still in their grave. Muhammad is still in his tomb; you can see relics taken from the body of Buddha. Confucius is still dead, Ghandi is still dead, Aristotle and Socrates are still dead. Only Jesus stepped out of the grave, alive, vibrant, our reigning King forever. This is why the Gospel changed the world forever. The power displayed in the Resurrection is the same power that changes lives and redeems people today. If you trust in Him you are trusting in our Creator, our Savior, but if you trust in false religions, humanism or the philosophies of mortal humans, you are following someone who still lies in their burial place. If you follow the dead, you will remain dead in your sins, but if you follow the living Christ, you will live forever. Please choose wisely…
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.