1 Corinthians 15:14 tells us, “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty, and your faith is also empty.”
If Christ is not risen, then we are not forgiven. If Christ is not risen, then we have no hope of ever gaining entrance to heaven. There is no reason to rejoice.
But today (and every day), I am thrilled to celebrate the fact that we serve a RISEN Savior, and His name is Jesus Christ. He is alive and seated at the right hand of God the Father. And because He lives...so shall we live forever and forever in heaven with Him, as servants of the Most High God.
He is the victor over death, hell and the grave. He is triumphant over every power and principality. He is the Lamb of God who makes a way where there seems to be no way. He is the Lamb that was slain from the foundations of the earth that we might serve Him, and have a life filled with abundance.
The Friday before the resurrection was originally called Black Friday. It seemed like all hope was lost. But because of the exceptional display of love on Calvary’s Hill, we are heirs and joint heirs with Jesus. He took our sins upon Him and redeemed us. In the greatest display of love this world has ever seen...the wages of our sin were paid in full by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We owed a debt we could not pay; He paid a debt He did not owe.
We owe everything that we are or ever hope to be to Jesus Christ, the One who has washed us whiter than the driven snow, the One who has set us free from the past and paved the way for a bright tomorrow.
The Friday before the resurrection seemed bleak. No victory was in sight. But on that Sunday...on resurrection Sunday, we can say, “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? (1 Corinthians 15:55).”
Can you imagine the faces of the women who came to the tomb on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, to bring the spices they had prepared to lay on the body? The stone had been rolled away, and the (borrowed) tomb was empty. They were certain that someone had stolen the body and then they heard this powerful message: “...Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen (Luke 24:5-6)!”
Can you imagine the impact of that statement? He has risen!
In that moment, the world was given a Savior. In that moment, we were redeemed. In that moment, we were set free. Jesus Christ paid the full price of our sins. We are no longer slaves to our past. We are no longer shackled by heavy burdens. For whom the Son sets free is free indeed!
What looked like the worst day...turned into the best day. It was the darkest night before the brightest dawn, as man was given the gift of eternal life. It was a gift we will never be able to repay.
So, what are you doing with that gift? Are you sharing the Gospel message with others? Are you telling those around you that JESUS SAVES? The tomb is empty! Christ is RISEN! That is the greatest message that Christianity has ever heard.
One day very soon, we will be called up to meet our Savior face to face. What a day that will be! Are you ready? If not, get your house in order. Don’t miss out on the greatest gift ever given to man because you have believed the enemy’s message that there is plenty of time left. No man knows the day or the hour. While we celebrate a risen Savior, we prepare for His triumphant return with every fiber of our being.
Make today count! Make your voice heard. Shout it from the rooftops.
THE TOMB IS EMPTY! JESUS IS ALIVE!