He is not here: for he is risen as he said (Matthew 28:6). Enough said! There is no day in the entire year that has impacted the world like Resurrection Sunday. There is no Sunday in our churches that is any better attended than this Sunday. There is no greater hope and eternal joy apart from His resurrection. As we pay tribute to Him on this very special day; we honor Him who died in battle that we might have the freedom from our sins. Therefore we sing, Low in the grave He lay—Jesus my Savior! Waiting the coming day—Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph over His foes; He arose a Victor from the dark domains, And He lives forever with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose! (Robert Lowry)
His resurrection occurred on the first day of the week (Sunday, the third day). Visitors came to the place where the Lord lay and found an empty tomb. It is here we not only see an empty tomb, but rather the power of the almighty God. Jesus said, no man has the power to take My life, I lay it down under My power, and with that same power I take it again (John 10:18). Having been dead for three days, He conquered the pains of death and defeated the power of the grave! There were no eye-witnesses to His resurrection, yet there are millions who would rather take a bullet than to deny their faith in this resurrected Savior.
An angelic announcement. An angel was dispatched from heaven to roll the stone away from the tomb, not to let Jesus out, but to let others in. This angel who brought good tidings to the women about the Lord’s resurrection from His death, was like the angel who brought the good news to the lowly shepherds announcing His birth. His burial, His death, and His resurrection stand alone, stands alone having no equal (Matthew 28:1-6).
The excitement of evangelism. We do not have to go to Jerusalem to see an empty tomb, but we must go to the world to tell of an empty tomb, and we must do it quickly. There is no better story to tell with enthusiasm than the gospel. Once you tell it, you will want to tell it again, and again, and again, because it brings so great joy (Matthew 28:7,8).
Behold the body. When you see Jesus, you will fall before Him in worship. When you bow before Him, you will wet His feet with your tears. Then when He lifts you up with His pierced hands, you will want others to see Him like you see Him (Matthew 28: 9,10).
The Devil’s derail! The Devil, who is in the details, is the Devil who is out to derail. He has tried to cut Jesus off at every turn in the road. He will water down the truth of God every chance he gets, to distort the victorious resurrection of our Lord (Matthew 28:11-15).
Globalizing the gospel. God so loved the world. He said: Go unto all the world. There are no shortcuts in this work order. We must go on purpose and tell those who are dead in spirit, that Jesus has risen from the dead. We dare not to stop until all have heard (Matthew 28:18-20).
It seems to me…I know He lives within my heart, as He walks with me and talks with me.