Jesus Christ is Alive!
Jesus Christ was with and alongside the Father before the world was.
The Father gave Jesus His glory before the foundation of the world (John 17:5).
God sent His Son to the earth as a man (John 6).
Gave gave His only begotten Son to the world (John 3:16).
God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:17).
Jesus lived as a man for 33 years.
He was fully man.
He was fully God.
He is no longer a man.
He is the Lord God Almighty. Amen.
Though He is God, He will forever be robed in glorified flesh, to honor mankind.
As a human, He was a: seed, embryo, fetus, newborn, baby, toddler, child, young boy, boy, teen, young man, young adult, and a man.
As a Child, He “grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him” (Luke 2:40).
As a 12-year-old Boy, during a trip with His parents to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover, He lingered away from them for three days. In the temple, He listened to the teachers and asked them questions. All who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers (Luke 2:41-48).
At that time, He told His parents that He must be about His Father’s business, but they did not understand His statement (Luke 2:49-50).
He finished the work the Father gave Him to do (John 17:4).
Jesus gave Himself to the world.
He shed His blood for our sins.
He died that we might live. For all eternity, the sacrifice of Jesus will be honored, revered, proclaimed and infinitely more.
He gave His body for the life of the world (John 6:51).
When Jesus died, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked, and the rocks were split. The graves were opened. Many of the saints bodies were raised. And coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into Jerusalem and appeared to many (Acts 1).
Jesus was buried and descended to the lower parts of the earth, the places of the underworld (Ephesians 4:9).
He preached and proclaimed to the fallen angels in prison (Tartarus). He disarmed principalities and powers. He made a public spectacle of them. He triumphed over them in His victory on the cross (1 Peter 3:19, Colossians 2:15).
He rose from the dead.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest miracle in human history.
He laid down His life and took it up again. He received that command from the Father (John 10:18).
Jesus the man died.
Jesus, the Son of God and God, went to the underworld. His spirit person went there.
Then, He was resurrected. He went from physical death to life.
Jesus Christ is God and has never died.
He is eternity.
He lived eternally in the past and will live forever. Amen.
If He had not been resurrected, His body would have remained in tact in the tomb forever.
He is God.
He is eternal.
His body and blood came from heaven and is therefore eternal.
His blood will be in heaven for eternity (Hebrews 9).
He lived in a physical body for 40 days on the earth before His ascension to heaven.
He had flesh and bones. He had scars in His hands, side and feet (Luke 24:39, John 20:27).
When He ascended, He went through the first and second heavens into the third heaven, God’s home and His home, where He will live forever.
The Gospels have accounts of who found out that He had risen from the dead and qwho saw Him first.
On the first day of the week as the day began to dawn, an angel descended from heaven, and there was a great earthquake.
The angel rolled the stone away from the tomb and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and fell like dead men (Matthew 28:1-4).
The four Gospels reveal how people found out Jesus had risen from the dead.
On the first day of the week, certain women, including Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Salome and possibly others went to the tomb with the spices and fragrant oils for His body (Mark 16:1).
They found the large stone rolled away. They went into the tomb and did not find His body (Luke 23:55-56).
In the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed (Mark 16:5).
He said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you” (Mark 16:6).
Then, two men stood by them in shining garments (Luke 24:4).
The women were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth. The angels said them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again'” (Luke 24:5-7).
Two of the first people to go to the tomb were Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus’ followers, and the other Mary (Matthew 28:1).
The angel said to them: “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you” (Matthew 28:5-7).
So they went out quickly with fear and great joy to tell the disciples.
Two of the first people to see the risen Jesus were the two Marys.
As they went to the disciples, Jesus met them and said, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him (Matthew 28:9).
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me” (Matthew 28:10).
According to the Gospel of John, one of the first to see Jesus’ linen cloths lying in the tomb was the apostle John (John 20:5).
One of the first to go into the empty tomb was Peter (John 20:6-7).
One of the first to see the resurrected Jesus was Mary Magdalene (John 20:14).
As Mary stood outside the tomb, weeping, she looked into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet where Jesus’ had lain (John 20:11-12).
They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said, “Because they have taken away my Lord and I do not know where they have laid Him” (John 20:13).
Then, she turned around and saw Jesus but did not know it was Him (John 20:14).
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” (John 20:15).
She thought He was the gardener. Then she said, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away” (John 20:15).
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to Him, “Teacher!” (John 20:16).
He said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God'” ( John 20:17).
She went and told the disciples she had seen the Lord and that He said these things. The first evangelist was Mary Magdelane.
That evening, the disciples were assembled with the doors shut, for fear of the Jews.
Jesus came and stood in the midst of them.
He said, “Peace be with you!” (John 20:19).
He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples were glad (John 20:20).
He said, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21).
When He said this, He breathed on them and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:22-23).
The disciple Thomas was not with them at that time.
Eight days later, Jesus appeared to the disciples again.
He said, “Peace to you!” (John 20:26).
Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing” (John 20:27).
And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28)
Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
Later, He presented Himself by many unmistakable proofs. He spoke to His apostles of things pertaining to the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3).
He appeared to Peter and His disciples.
Then He was seen by more than 500 brothers at one time.
He was seen by James, then by all the apostles, then by Paul (1 Corinthians 15:6).
He told His apostles to wait for “the Promise of My Father.” Jesus said, “. . . John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:4).
He ascended to heaven.
As the apostles watched, “He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9).
Then. the apostles saw two men in white clothing, who said: “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:10-11).
Jesus was with the Father in heaven.
Jesus came to the earth.
He descended to the underworld.
He returned to the earth.
He ascended to the right hand of God’s power.
Jesus Christ is the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
The only true God and His glory fills the heavens, the earth and the universe.
He who believes in Jesus has eternal life.
Jesus is alive, forever. Amen.
Receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. He wants you to spend eternity with Him in heaven.
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