He is Risen


When the stone was rolled away, sight faded and faith emerged.  One cannot embrace the hope of resurrection without faith.  Faith takes the security of our understanding off our shoulders and places it on the promise and power of Jesus risen from the dead…

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 20:1, 18, 29

8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1Peter 1:8-9

On the first day of the week, Sunday, Mary found the tomb of Jesus empty.  The stone had been rolled away.  Jesus appeared to her outside the tomb and she ran to tell the other disciples.  Jesus appeared to them all several times, and in his appearance to Thomas, he said, ‘blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’

That’s us.  That’s you and me, when we put our faith in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

In Peter’s first letter, he puts it this way, ‘Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him.’  Faith.

That’s what this is about. Faith.  The resurrection of Jesus requires us to believe by faith and not sight.  The disciples had sight.  We have faith.  It takes no faith to believe that Jesus died on the cross and was buried in the tomb.  It’s the resurrection which requires faith.

And the resurrection is also our source of hope, because if Jesus was raised from the dead, we shall be raised from the dead.  As he taught in John 6, he was raise us up on the last day and not lose a single one of us… We shall be with him in eternity.  That’s our hope in the resurrection.  It is the defeat of death.  Death has lost its sting – it doesn’t hold anything over us.

Inexpressible and glorious joy.

That’s how Peter describes the feeling of loving Jesus even though we haven’t seen him.

Inexpressible and glorious joy.

He is risen.

And I believe.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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