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He is Risen! - Easter Sunday

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

It’s Easter, and Jesus has risen; what a turn of events! Jesus’ disciples felt fear and desperation at his death, but Easter replaced those feelings with joy and exhilaration. Jesus is risen! Jesus is alive!

On Easter morning, some of the women who followed Jesus wanted to honor him one last time, so they came to his tomb bearing spices. Upon arrival, they were greeted by angelic messengers: “He is risen... Go quickly and tell his disciples.” (Matthew 28:6 & 7

Listen to The Easter Song by 2nd Chapter of Acts

Mary Magdalene was the first person to see Jesus that first Easter day (Mark 16:9). The encounter was so unexpected that she mistook him for the gardener. Then Jesus called her by name and she immediately recognized him (John 20:16). That evening, Jesus appeared to his disciples. He showed them his nail pierced hands and his wounded side. The disciples were glad to see him (John 20:20).

What a turn of events! Jesus’ disciples felt fear and desperation at his death, but Easter replaced those feelings with joy and exhilaration. Jesus is risen! Jesus is alive! He reminded his disciples of the scriptures that foretold his life, death and resurrection (Luke 24:44 & 45). Psalm 22, for example, foretold several key events about the crucifixion.

In one of the earliest New Testament books, Paul, that famous servant of Jesus, put it this way: “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures,” “He was buried,” and “he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Then Paul talked about the many eyewitnesses to Jesus’ resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3 - 8).

The Resurrection is History

What is history? Simply put, it is knowledge of the past based on credible testimony and evidence. The Bible’s account of Jesus’ life has the hallmarks of historical fact. Eyewitnesses to the events tell Jesus’ story. The Gospel of John was written by a disciple of Jesus who spent a good deal of time with him. The book of Acts explains how Jesus presented himself after his death “with many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3).

Jesus’ disciples were eager to share his story and they were willing to put their lives on the line to do it. The Easter story is reliable. It changed the course of history and it has the power to change your life. 

But how can anyone know for sure that Jesus is real and that his words are true? How can you know that the resurrection really happened? Where is the proof?  

If Jesus is who the Bible claims he is, then he can provide the proof you need. Think of the acronym A.S.K. Jesus invites you to “Ask,” to “Seek,” and to “Knock” (Matthew 7:7).

  • Ask Jesus to reveal himself to you

  • Seek him, and he promises you will find him

  • Knock and he promises to open the door for you to enjoy a wonderful relationship with God

Jesus taught that if you continue in his word, “you will know the truth and the truth will make you free”  (John 8:31 & 32). All of his claims are open for your investigation. Jesus offers assurance that he can give you what you need.

Jesus is risen! He wants to give you life and a wonderful relationship with God. Jesus said, “Because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19). And that is the hope of Easter!

Easter Prayer

Ask God to guide your thoughts and help you know the truth. Pray and be free!

Dear Father, Thank you for sending Jesus. Thank you that he carried out your plan, according to the scriptures, to offer me life and a wonderful relationship with you. Thank you for Easter. And now I ask that you guide my thoughts as I reflect on Jesus’ life and Jesus’ teachings. I pray that Jesus will make himself known to me in a clear and special way, and I pray that I will come to fully know the truth that Jesus promised would make me free. Amen

Going Deeper

The best place to learn more about Jesus is the Bible, the inspired word of God. The promises of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection are woven throughout the scripture, most notably in the Gospels.

For some more sources on the historical case for Jesus -

  • Lee Strobel's book, "The Case for Christ" is easy to read. It describes Strobel's personal journey as a journalist, investigating the Bible's claims about Jesus.

  • John Warwick Montgomery wrote an excellent book, “History and Christianity” - it discusses the historical arguments that support the Bible’s account of Jesus and his followers.

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