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He Is Risen!

Matthew 28:1-10

The Resurrection

28 Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.

2 Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. 3 His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. 4 The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.

5 Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. 7 And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”

8 The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. 9 And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”

This event is also mentioned here:

Mark 16:1-11

Luke 24:1-12

John 20:1-18

Sometimes it is easier to connect to why Jesus had to die than it is to understand why He had to be raised from the dead. His death on the cross was to pay for our sins, but why did He need to be raised to life? Jesus’ resurrection confirms that He is actually who He claimed to be. It proves that He is God (Romans 1:4), He has the power to forgive sin (1 Corinthians 15:17), He has power over death (Romans 6:9), and He has defeated the enemy. His resurrection also means that we are given new life the moment we believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior AND that we will forever be with Him in Heaven.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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