Matthew 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Around the whole world today, people will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. As I write this, it is 4:30 am on Sunday, April 12, 2009 and within hours in the US, people will be getting up to attend sunrise services in His honor.
What is so special about this morning that the casual church going person will make an effort to be in a service today?
Well there are many tenets to Christianity; including the virgin birth, His sinless life, His numerous miracles, His terrible beating and His substitutionary death.
But for me, as special as these tenets are, they are only part of the life of Jesus. It is the resurrection of Christ that completes all the prophecies. It is the resurrection of Christ that makes today the biggest day of the Christian year. This is the day that we celebrate the miracle of Jesus decaying body coming back to life.
About two thousand years ago, after being put to shame and death, buried in a borrowed tomb that was sealed and watched with Roman guards, the miracle of life took place. Sometime between sundown Saturday evening and early Sunday morning, GOD raised his Son back to life. Jesus mission was not complete. The Gospel Message needed one more chapter before it was completed. Jesus was to show His followers GOD’s power in the resurrection and to give His followers one more challenge. “Get out of hiding and tell my message to the world.” We call this the “Great Commission.”
Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
That is what is so special about today. His message goes on. Christian Churches today will celebrate the resurrection of their Savior. The early followers would greet each other with “He is risen” responding with “He is risen indeed!”