Happy Easter Sunday! He is Risen! Hallelujah!
Matthew 28:5-6 tells the story of that first Easter morning:
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said
Indeed, His resurrection was foretold in the Old Testament:
1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight
And our Lord Himself said:
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth
On that first Easter Sunday, our Lord Jesus completed God’s plan to reconcile sinful man to Himself, a plan He had conceived and put into action ‘from the foundation of the world’ (Rev 13:8). He knew the first Adam would fall and had already planned for our salvation through the last Adam (1 Cor 15:45-47)
Because our Lord Jesus ‘swallowed up death in victory’ by His resurrection (Isa 25:8), if we repent of our sins (Acts 3:19), we can be born again. Romans 10:9 says:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved
We serve a risen Lord, who rose on the third day, was seen by hundreds before ascending to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father (Rom 8:34). Thank you, Lord Jesus that because of your sacrifice on the cross for our sins, we can now echo 1 Cor 15:55
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?