He is risen! He is risen indeed! Sue and I started reading the book of Revelation together – just before bedtime. A few weeks ago, we read Rev 1:17-18. “Then he [the glorified Jesus] placed his right hand on me [the Apostle John} and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.’” What reaffirming words as we drifted to sleep.
Someone has told me there are 365 “fear nots” in the Bible. Believers are told not to be afraid – and yet there is much to fear in our current day. Why should we not be fearful? Because Christ is the Eternal One, “the first and the last.” He uses deity titles to describe himself. Christ himself holds the keys to death. He is sovereign. The believer’s death and resurrection are in his hands.
On this resurrection day I want to emphasize the fact Christ is alive. Yes, he died. That was what Friday was all about. Jesus of Nazareth was crucified – and died, placed in a tomb. But three days later he was came back to life – a bodily resurrection.
“I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever.” It is because of Jesus’ death and resurrection one can be spared of eternal death and receive a glorified body just like the Lord’s. If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – today is the day! Repent of your sin and believe the good news – Christ died and was raised for you!