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Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith – our faith is predicated on the belief that Jesus Christ not only died on the cross but that He rose from the dead If it were not a reality, there would be no Christian faith. The words, “He is not here, but He is raised”, changed the course of history! And they continue to do so. The resurrection of Jesus is totally awesome even though many people of the world don't know this and many doubt it. The first sermon ever preached at Pentecost was preached by Peter and it was a sermon on 'The Resurrection in' Acts 2: 22-24. In every place Paul preached, he preached the resurrection. In every epistle the resurrection is the key point in the claims held within Jesus' resurrection is the Bible's greatest miracle and history's greatest fact There are three things you should meditate on today as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ:-

1. Jesus rose bodily from the grave. When the believers first came to Jesus' tomb, His body was missing. It had not been stolen as the Jewish leaders asserted. This would have been impossible because of the guard set at the tomb by Pilate. Matthew 27 tells us that he placed a seal on the tomb and guards to protect it. Therefore Jesus rose from the grave as not just a Spirit, not just a force, not just energy, but as a glorified body of flesh and bone.

2. Jesus rose eternally from the grave Jesus was not the first person to be resurrected from the dead. Elijah and Elisha saw people raised from the dead. Paul raised the young man from the dead who fell out of a window. Jesus also raised others from the dead Himself. What separates Christ's resurrection is that all of these others eventually died again. He is called the 'first fruit' of the resurrection. I Corinthians 15:20. This is not because He was the first to be raised, but because He was the first to be raised 'eternally'. Jesus came forth from the grave, “alive forevermore”.

3. Jesus rose victoriously from the grave. When Jesus walked out of that tomb death and the grave lost their sting. Scriptures says that He came forth from the grave with the keys of death and hell in His hands. Revelation 1:18“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” The grave could not hold Him. Death could not harm Him. The stone could not darken the Light of the world.

Too often we get caught up in the celebrations of Easter and we forget what it is we are celebrating. We are not just celebrating a holiday, but the resurrection of our King. He died for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Because He lives, we can face tomorrow. His resurrection guarantees our own resurrection when He comes again. As believers, death can never harm us because Jesus has conquered it victoriously and eternally! We should want to stand on rooftops this morning and cry out about the resurrection of our Lord.

Have a blessed Easter


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