Matthew 28: 1-10- After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2- There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3- His appearance was like lightening, and his clothes were white as snow. 4- The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5- The angel said to the woman, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6- He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7- Then go quickly and tell his disciples: He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. Now I have told you. 8- So the woman hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9- Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10- Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Many agree that Jesus’ resurrection was his greatest miracle. Only one other person in history was raised from the dead. Jesus raised Lazarus. The difference was, Lazarus rose to an ordinary life again, just to die a normal death again. We know nothing about him after Jesus raised him from the dead[for the glory of God].
In contrast, an angel announced that Jesus rose from the grave. Many people saw Jesus, talked to him, ate with him. He spent time with people and his disciples for forty days when he, before the disciples, ascends to heaven. He rose into eternal life with his resurrected body.
1 Corinthians 15:14-17-And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15- More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. 16- For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17- And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
Jesus’ resurrection is the basis for our faith. Paul tells us that without the resurrection, Jesus’ sacrifice to God for our sins is not complete. We are still in our sins. We must return to the old covenant [animal sacrifices for the covering of our sins].
2 Corinthians 4:14- Because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.
Paul says that we know the Lord God raised Jesus from the dead. The proof is more than the empty tomb. The proof is forty days of witnesses; people saw Jesus, talked to him, ate with him. The disciples were with him. They wrote about him. Two thousand years later, (today), Jesus is everywhere in the world. Books are written about him. Articles are written about him, like this one. His churches are everywhere around the world. Painters paint about him. Movies are made about him. Artists perform about him. Jesus’ influence is global.
As I stated previously, the only other person to ever be raised from the dead was Lazarus, except for the bible story, the world forgot about him. But we cannot forget about Jesus. His influence is everywhere around the world.
1Thessalonians 4:13-18-Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14- We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15- According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16- For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17- After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18- Therefore encourage each other with these words.
For more information on the Rapture, I invite everyone to read my article: Are You Ready?—When Jesus Returns?
On that glorious day, we all will see our Savior in the sky. Along with our loved ones that are believers in Christ.
Just another miracle for God. The bible is full of stories of God showing his Glory through His people. The ten plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, and the birth of the Messiah, are three giant examples of many miracles.
For two thousand years, Christians have anticipated with eagerness the return of Jesus. We have studied the books—Daniel, Revelation, and others from God’s Word and watched the signs around the world.
We are called to be eager for Christ’s return. We are called to study God’s Word. Be aware.
Matthew 24:36-37-No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37- As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Mark 13:32-33- No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33- Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.
The Great Commission
The last thing Jesus tells his disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19- Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20- and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
As a believer in Christ, we are called to be alert about more things than simply His return. As followers, we are Jesus’ disciples. In the Great Commission, we are called to arms.
First- Make disciples of all nations. Win lost souls for Christ. Spread the gospel.
Second- Baptize new believers in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
Third- Teach new Christians to obey Jesus’ commands and follow Jesus and grow in the faith. So they can spread the gospel for Jesus and repeat the cycle.
There is an entire world of people to share Jesus’ gospel. Why should we share Jesus? Because he rose from hell and the grave. What was the Son of God doing in hell? He descended to hell when he died for my sins and for your sins; for everyone’s sins.
The question is, have you accepted Jesus’ free gift of salvation. He paid the price for everyone’s sins on that cruel cross at Calvary. Then he died and descended to hell for us all. This was to pay in full the price for all our sins(all mankind). We must believe he did this for us as individuals; you and me.
If you believe this and would like to receive Jesus into your heart, you must pray a prayer and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.
So why do you want Jesus? We are born into eternity. This life is not all there is. This live is merely a preamble to eternity. In this life we must make a choice; heaven or hell. Those who do not choose, are choosing hell. No matter what is thought or believed. If one does not choose Jesus, one is choosing hell and Satan—for all eternity.
To choose Satan and hell means at death, a total separation from the Lord God, in hell. Torment for all eternity.
Please choose Jesus. Pray this prayer. Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.
If you prayed this Salvation prayer you have been born again. You are now a Christian. Praise God! Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Live.
You share in Jesus’ greatest miracle, his resurrection. You have been born again, into eternity with the Lord. Your salvation is guaranteed. May you grow in the love and the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
May we all heed our calling to share the gospel of Christ,
Gary The Tested