He is Risen!
Luke 24: 5 "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!
When Jesus rose from the dead, just as He said He would, that day made Christianity different from every other "religion." Only the God of Christianity rose from the dead and is alive forever. No other King, or religious leader, can make that claim.
Jesus was seen by more than 500 people after He rose from the dead and now He lives in heaven with God the Father and He makes intercession for you and I, who believe, daily.
1st Corinthians 15:4-6 "And that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once...
Getting together with family and celebrating Easter is wonderful, but let us never forget why we are celebrating Easter. It is not the food, the eggs or getting dressed up for Church. It is to celebrate our risen Lord and Savior Jesus. The grave could not hold Him. As such, we also will rise to be with our Lord in heaven.
Jesus knew what was before Him on Good Friday. He knew the lies and the pain that He would have to go through. And He would have done it if only one person needed salvation.
Be thankful this Easter Sunday and every day because of what Jesus did for you. Pray for those who have not yet made a decision to follow Jesus. Don't get mad at them, remember you once were where they are. But God kept knocking on your heart and sending folks to tell you the Gospel, the Good News - can we do anything less?
Praise Jesus - He is Risen! Amen.