He Is Risen – Luke 24:1-12

Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.'”

And they remembered His words. Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.

Luke 24:1-12 NKJV

May you come to know the risen Lord.

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He Is Risen!

Matthew 28:1-9

New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came 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 from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

Romans 10:9-10

9 … if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

What’s So Good About Good Friday?

What’s So Good About “Good Friday?”

As a kid, I never understood the term, “Good Friday.”  What was so “good” about the execution of a first-century religious leader?

Before I became a Christian, I realized that the death and resurrection of a man – even a very good man – could not in any way take away my sin, or give me eternal life.  The question was, who was Jesus?  Was he a good teacher, or a prophet?  Or, was he something more?  What did it mean that Jesus was the “Son of God?”

What I came to realize was that Jesus never claimed to be a mere rabbi or prophet; he claimed to be God.  If this claim is true, then Jesus’ death and resurrection could take away my sin; I could ask Him to be my Savior, and be saved.  If this claim is not true, then Christianity is utter nonsense.

If Jesus claimed to be God, but he wasn’t God, then he was either a liar, or else he was crazy.  As I studied the record of his life as recorded in the Gospels, I found no indication that Jesus was a liar.  Nobody would be willing to die for a lie, yet Jesus willingly died for his belief that he was God, and that he could save the world.  I also found no indication that he was crazy.  Jesus made some of the most profound statements ever made.  He had a singular purpose without any signs of the erratic behavior of a delusional lunatic.  I came to the conclusion that since Jesus was neither a liar nor a crazy man, He must be Who He claimed to be – God.  As a result, I asked Jesus Christ into my life, received Him as my Savior, had my sins forgiven, and entered into a relationship with the Living God.

What’s so good about Good Friday?  Good Friday is the commemoration of the day nearly 2,000 years ago that Jesus Christ died for my sin.  As 2 Corinthians 5:21 states, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  God the Father took my sin, and placed it on His only Son, who knew no sin, but paid the penalty for my sin in my place.  Because of my sin, I deserve eternal separation from God; but, because Jesus paid the penalty for me, and because I have asked Jesus Christ to forgive my sin and to be my Savior, I instead have eternal life and an eternal, intimate relationship with God.

The best part is, Jesus Christ also died for the sins of everyone who chooses to accept Him as Savior.  He took the sins of the world upon Himself when He died on the cross that Friday; and His resurrection on the first Easter Sunday is the guarantee to anyone who chooses to receive Him that they will have eternal life.

That’s what’s so good about Good Friday!

BC by Johnny Hart
April 9, 2004