Reverend Dr. William H. Curtis

He Is Risen!

By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.
1 Corinthians 6:14 (NIV)

From Friday afternoon at 3:00 PM until early Sunday morning, Jesus's body lay in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea just outside the walls of Jerusalem. Many had concluded, no doubt, that the ministry of Jesus had now ended. The movement was over. The leader was never to return. All the spiritual and social progress He made was now in jeopardy.

But early Sunday morning, there was an earthquake, just as there had been on Friday when Jesus died. The stone was rolled away from the mouth of the tomb. Jesus, having folded neatly the linen coverings that were draped over His body and His face, triumphantly emerged from the tomb.

Two angels were stationed at the tomb as witnesses and messengers. This was especially and specifically important since those that had ordered Jesus's death would respond to the report of His rising by spreading false reports. They would say that the disciples slipped into the tomb and stole the body of Jesus. Opposing leaders of our Lord would supervise these lies because they didn't want to deal with the reality that Jesus was and is exactly who the prophets said: the Son of God—and now the resurrected Lord.

Those two angels spoke to the women who had come to the tomb to minister to Jesus's body, and when they arrived, this was said to them, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here. He is risen, just like He said He would. Go and tell His disciples that He's alive. He intends to meet them in Galilee.”

The resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith. Everything in your life must be filtered, sifted, strained, and interpreted based on this monumental event.

The resurrection changes everything!