Mark 16:5–7 (NKJV) 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. 7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”
He is not here, in those four words we place our hope and faith. Our hope is in the fact that He is no longer in the tomb, He has in fact defeated death and has risen to His eternal home. Other “gods” have come, lived, and are now dead. Our Savior came to earth, lived a sinless life, paid our debt on the cross and is now risen. That is what Resurrection Sunday is all about. What If… Jesus knew what His plan was and described it to many people throughout His journey… Matthew 16:21 (NKJV) 21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. Matthew 17:22 (NKJV) 22 Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, Mark 8:31 (NKJV) 31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. John 2:19 (NKJV) 19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The question is what if Jesus’ body was still in the tomb? If His body was in the tomb it would have changed everything. There would be no hope of resurrection. We would be stuck in our sinful state. We would have no hope of seeing heaven. How thankful should we be that He is not still in the tomb! He Is Risen! He lived a sinless life, knew the price that was going to be paid, took on the cross that we may have hope, and then 3 days later was risen in victory over death. You can get into all the apologetic stuff, but I think the defending of our faith is easy. He lived a sinless life, if He didn’t there would have been testimony of it. If He had hidden sin, His disciples would have known about it, they died horrible deaths defending their faith so we know that is unlikely. We can live in certainty that Jesus did in fact live a sinless life. Our sin has been paid for through His perfect blood. Stand In Thankfulness We have hope because He lived, died, and ascended. In Him, we place all of our hope, all of our faith, and that should lead to all of our thankfulness. It is simply a price nobody other than Jesus, the Son of Man, Messiah, could have paid. In His willingness, we should be eternally thankful! Closing Thoughts: Do not allow this day to be about anything other than Jesus’ victory over death. I purposefully avoided the pain and torment Jesus went through on His way to the cross and the things He suffered through until it was finished. Not that we should forget those things, but for me, it is just too painful to think it was my sins that placed Him there. We serve a mighty God, let us all remember that today! John 19:28–30 (NKJV) 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.