When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could embalm him. Very early on Sunday morning, as the sun rose, they went to the tomb. They worried out loud to each other, “Who will roll back the stone from the tomb for us?”
Then they looked up, saw that it had been rolled back—it was a huge stone—and walked right in. They saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed all in white. They were completely taken aback, astonished.
He said, “Don’t be afraid. I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the one they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; he’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty. Now—on your way. Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.”
Mark 16:1-7 (The Message, Eugene H. Peterson)
Our faith revolves around the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Of course, behind His rising from the dead lies Jesus’ crucifixion and burial in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb, which would not have been possible were it not for the fact that the Word, through whom all things were created, entered this realm of existence by means of the virgin birth. Wow!
Jesus was born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life. He died for our sins once for all and was buried in a borrowed tomb. Yet, He was resurrected on the third day; and ascended to heaven from whence He came. This is the one of whom Peter spoke when he wrote, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:8-9, NIV).
All over the world people turn their thoughts to the resurrection of Christ on this day. The tomb in which they laid Him was found open and empty. Through this single event Jesus of Nazareth was declared with power to be the Son of God! (See: Romans 1:4.) Since this time, the story of Christ’s death for our sins according to the Scriptures, along with His burial and resurrection on the third day according to the Scriptures, has captivated billions. This is the Gospel, which is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, in its most basic form. (See: 1 Corinthians 15:1-3; Romans 1:16-17.)
Those who answer the call of the Gospel will experience the salvation of which Peter wrote. By the same power through which Christ was raised up, those who trust in the power of God can be born again to a living hope through the resurrection! (See: 1 Peter 1:3 and Romans 6:3-4.)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He has been raised up!
© Bill Williams