Mary Magdalene and Martha went to the tomb where Jesus was on Easter Sunday and realised that the tomb rolled away. The guards were so frightened and God’s angel was seated on a stone. The angel instructed the women to be calm and not be afraid for Christ wasn’t there “he has risen from the dead, just as he said!”.
Most people take Easter as the Resurrection Sunday to honour Jesus. Jesus Christ claimed to be God (John 10:30, John 1:18, John 10:33). He died for the sins of man as John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 2:24-25 records. If he indeed rose from the dead he wouldn’t be God.
If he didn’t rise to heaven, he would have been tagged as a liar and a sinner before God. Because “He has risen,” He is God. Because “He has risen,” we can rise too. Because “He has risen,” hope triumphs in a desperate world.
Jesus Predicted That He Would Rise
It is recorded that, Jesus Christ predicted His own death and resurrection. However, his disciples and followers did not understand what he was saying to them but they later understood after his return.
Matthew 12:40 “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
Matthew 16:21 “From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
Mark 8:31 “He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.”
John 10:17-18 “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
Jesus Rose from the Dead
Jesus Christ was resurrected after his death. He wasn’t and isn’t buried in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb today. He ascended to heaven to his Father.
Matthew 28:6-7 “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
Mark 16:6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.”
Luke 24:6 “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words.”
Why Christians Say “He Has Risen” Today
The saying of the term He Has Risen today reminds us that we can see Jesus rise after death in our lives. When we are able to use his resurrection to reflect on our lives, we can know that our sins are truly forgiven. His death was used to atone for our sons so that we can make it into the kingdom of God.