Resurrection Sunday

Read Luke 24:36-49
See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have. Luke 24:39

All Gospel writers record Jesus’ death and resurrection. Luke records that Jesus had resurrected from the dead sometime early that morning, before dawn, appeared to two followers on the road to Emmaus that afternoon, and by evening appeared to the eleven remaining disciples. Jesus was alive! He was not resurrected only spiritually, as Jehovah Witnesses believe, but he was resurrected physically as witnessed by the fact that you could see and touch his physical body and witnessed by the fact that he ate fish with his disciples. The importance of Jesus returning to life in both body and spirit is that he conquered sin in the body and truly holds power over death in the body.

Jesus reiterates again to his disciples what he told them earlier in the week before his death in Luke 24:36-49. First, he reminds them he brings peace. Jesus entered the room with the disciples by saying peace to you. Through his resurrection, Jesus made a way for us to be at peace with God (v. 36). Secondly, his power over death gives our hearts no reason for fear, trouble, or doubts. His resurrection drives away a troubled heart (v. 38-39). Thirdly, he has fulfilled Scripture in every way, especially through his death and resurrection (v. 44-46). Fourthly, his death and resurrection has commenced a new kingdom in which repentance and forgiveness of sins can be preached to all nations (v. 47). Lastly, with his ascension at hand, the Father will send, as Jesus has already promised, the Holy Spirit in his place (v. 49).

Because Christ has risen, we have peace. Because Christ has risen, we too will raise with him if we have united with him in faith. Because Christ has risen, we can join with Paul and say, “‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:53)

Make the following song by Keith and Kristyn Getty your prayer and your song today as you worship the risen King.

See What A Morning, ©2003

See, what a morning, gloriously bright,
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce, "Christ is risen!"
See God's salvation plan,
Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

See Mary weeping, "Where is He laid?"
As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
Hears a voice speaking, calling her name;
It's the Master, the Lord raised to life again!
The voice that spans the years,
Speaking life, stirring hope, bringing peace to us,
Will sound till He appears,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
Through the Spirit who clothes faith with certainty.
Honor and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned with pow'r and authority!
And we are raised with Him,
Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered;
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead.