The Good News: Christ is Risen, As He Said

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “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. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”  — Matthew 28 1-7 (ESV)

Spurgeon Preaches of Jesus, the Passover Lamb

It is Holy week and following Palm Sunday my thoughts are pulled forward to Maundy Thursday. My church is so small it doesn’t have service this Thursday night to  solemnly remember the Last Supper of Christ and His grief as He stared down the cross of Good Friday. In my quest for materials fitting for this week and this season, I found a gem of a sermon by Charles Spurgeon.  Continue reading

The ‘Good’ of Good Friday

It’s Good Friday. What a strange name for the date we recall Jesus’s agonizing, sacrificial death on the cross. But when combined with the resurrection of Jesus on Easter, this is not only good news, it is the best news!

As Al Mohler writes, “And what is of first importance? ‘That Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,’ and ‘that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.’ The cross and the empty tomb stand at the center of the Christian faith. Without these, there is no good news — no salvation.” Continue reading

Songs of Christmas – Day 3

It’s a Monday, and as trying as Mondays are, there is so much reason for rejoicing. For that reason alone I’ve selected Joy to the World for today’s song. English hymn writer Isaac Watts penned this hymn based on Psalm 98 about the second coming of Christ, not his birth. Yet, it has become a timeless “Christmas” song. For some reason, the song also makes me think of Easter. As a Christian, Christmas is all the more joyful because I know that Jesus Christ came as a baby, but with a mission to be the sacrifice that could redeem sinners. Without Easter, Christmas would lose it’s meaning. Continue reading

He Arose!

Happy Resurrection Sunday! Isn’t it wonderful to know that Christ did not stay dead and buried in that tomb?

I rejoice in the words of 1 Peter 1: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”

And Romans 6:4-10 states: “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.”

Jesus rose, just as he said he would. He appeared to many witnesses after his resurrection. Before his death, Jesus declared himself to be the “resurrection and the life.” And according to the gospels, when the women went to Jesus’ tomb an angel told them, “He is not here, he has risen just as he said.” His resurrection is the confirmation that his words, his claims to deity were true, and because he has risen we have hope, as believers, that we have been saved by his blood and one day we shall rise as well.

I’ll never forget listening to Dr. Gary Habermas preach about the necessity of the resurrection during one of the many convocations I attended at Liberty University. In fact it is one of the only speakers I do remember. If you struggle to comprehend or believe in the resurrection of Christ check out his website.

Here are a couple more things I spotted online today about the resurrection. From The Christian Post: Theologian Gives top 10 Myths about the Resurrection and from Sharper Iron: Christ’s Resurrection and Our Newness of Life.