Sunday, April 4, 2010

He has Risen! He has Risen Indeed!

It was an early Sunday morning, after Jesus’ death, when a sad group of women made their way to His tomb. It hadn’t been that long ago when they watched in horror as their Savior, the Lord of Lords, and King of Kings, had been brutally beaten and then crucified. Oh, how their hearts must have been heavy with disappointment, grief and sorrow. But soon their disappointment, grief and sorrow would turn to excitement and joy when they discover that Jesus had risen from the grave and that He was ALIVE!

As Christians today, we must remember that God kept every one of His promises and prophesies regarding the Messiah. For example, Jesus died on the cross before the soldiers decided the break the legs of those being crucified (Ex. 12:46; Ps. 34:20). The Roman soldiers pierced His side with a spear to be certain that He was dead (Isa. 53:5). Jesus was then buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isa. 53:9).

Let’s look into what the Word of God has to say about what took place over 2000 years ago, on that early Sunday morning, when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ conquered death.

Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.

But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”

She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”

She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away." Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her. (John 20:1-18)

Father God, I thank you daily for my free gift of Salvation. I thank You Lord Jesus for thinking of me personally when You went to the Cross. Thank You Lord Jesus for taking the beating and the nails driven into Your hands and feet that were meet for me. Thank You Lord Jesus for all that You do in my life. You are my Lord of Lords, King of Kings, my Salvation.


RCUBEs said...

Mary, showing her faith and being there for Jesus since she was healed by Him, in return, was honored by the Lord to be the first to see His resurrected body. How awesome! How many is the Lord calling so He can be recognized nowadays that He is alive! Great post. Happy Resurrection Day and God bless.


Good Morning Lloyd

I Hope You and Your Family have a
Blessed Resurrection Sunday

God Bless You, Ron


mama'ritha said...

He's risen yes. In my own language: Hij is waarlijk opgestaan.


Gaia said...

Hello Lloyd, Happy Easter! It was such a welcome sight to see you over at my blog and thank you for the kind words. Blessings and I am a follower too. Take care and have a great week ahead.

ME said...

Happy Easter... Thanks for visiting my Blog.. Continue spreading the word of GOD...God Bless You..

Belkis said...

Happy Easter Sunday.

Sonny Davis said...

What a privilege to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. God bless you and I hope you have a great day!

Barbara said...

Oh my what a wonderful message this is, thank you brother for the review of the Resurrection Sunday, God bless you, I really enjoyed this, almost like our sermon was.
God bless you Barbara from thank you for stopping by my blog too.

Lisa Ann said...

Great blog too Lloyd!! Thanks for "following" mine! God bless you, I will visit your blog often! Lisa

Lloyd said...

I want to thank all of you for your visits and comments. Isn't it a blessing to have such an awesome God that loves us so much that He would send His Son to die on the cross just so we can have eternal life in Heaven? God bless each and every one of you. Lloyd

Manuel Filipe Santos said...

I loved your posting and the small description of your life. I'll be following your blog.

God bless you,

Anne said...

Lloyd, I love your personal prayer at the end of the story. How I would have loved to have been in Mary Magdalene's shoes on that day! I too, am thankful that Jesus was thinking of me and loving me to death on the cross. We are greatly blessed.

I rejoice in Him with you during this glorious Easter season!

Lloyd said...

Thank you so much Anne and Filipe for your visits and comments. Yes, Anne, it would have been something to be there when our Lord Jesus arose from the grave. Of course, being we are all "Believers" we will see Him when we are called Home or during His Second Coming, which ever comes first. God bless, Lloyd

Wylie @ Shout A Joyful Noise! said...

I'm so glad that you found my blog so that I was led to yours! Blessed to "meet" you!

Pure Perseverance said...

I sure appreciate your writing this post. I understand your deep gratitude and praise. I am in awe to think of the sacrifice He gave for us. For me. For what was of the past and what was to become in the future. He paid it ALL! Glory!

Thank you for leaving a kind word :o).