He is risen!

Passage:  Matthew 28:1-10

Key verses:  Matthew 28:6  He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.

1 Corinthians 15:14  And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

The truth about the work of Christ on the cross, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reconciliation with God is that it all means nothing if our God is still lying in a tomb.  Jesus can’t mediate between God and man if He’s dead.  If His death is the end, then we’re no better off.

But – our God lives.  He isn’t dead.  Death couldn’t hold Him.  Hell couldn’t defeat Him.  He is risen.  He lives.  And because He lives, we live.  Jesus’ departure back into heaven is hope for us all that we’ll be resurrected as well, taken from this life into the next, never to die again.  But it means something now too.

Because Jesus departed, God sent the Holy Spirit to live within us.  His departure means we now act on His behalf as Christians, and He’s empowered us to do so.  No other religion on earth can make these claims because no other religion has a living Savior.  We have a God so loving that He would sacrifice His Son in our place, and that God is so powerful that death cannot be the end for Him.  HE IS RISEN!