The worst thing that could have happened to humankind is for Jesus to have not risen. Humankind would have been hopeless. Apostle Paul says in 1 Cor. 15:19 that our faith would have been in vain and we would be the most pitiable.
Thank God, Jesus resurrected; thank God, He is alive. He is now the first among the dead and takes preeminence among all – Col. 1:18. Paul further tells us that Christ will never die again, hallelujah; and death will no longer have dominion over Him (Rom. 6:9).
Jesus introduced Himself to John on the Island of Patmos and He said to him, “… Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; …” Rev. 1:17-18
Because Jesus resurrected and remain alive: (John 20:19-30)
- Fear is removed and Peace is restored to all troubled hearts that were scarred, troubled, sad, hopeless, etc., and our faith becomes strengthened (John 20:19,21,26). I am glad to inform you that your peace is guaranteed because Jesus is alive. Sing: “Because he lives, I can face tomorrow …” Only a person who is alive can declare peace.
- Our doubts are removed and we are taught how to believe without seeing (John 20:24-28)
- We are able to confidently serve as messengers of Christ(He said I am with you) – (Mat. 28:19). Only a person who is alive can say I’ll be with you.
- He serves as our advocate with the Father whenever we sin (1 John 2:1). If He remains dead, there is no one to plead our case before God.
- He serves as our intercessor(Rom. 8:34) & vindicator (Isa. 50:8) so that the devil cannot successfully put any charge against us.
- Our own resurrection and eternal peace with Him in heaven becomes sure, because He lives forever more (1 Cor. 15:50-58; Rev. 1:18)
- He is preparing a place for us, that where He is, we may be also (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 2:9). Thank God, Jesus did not remain dead. The place He is preparing is described in Rev. 21:2, 10, 11, 23. By all means, we must be there. Pray that God will not allow anything to prevent you from entering.
- He is helping us to overcome temptations, so we do not become overwhelmed (Heb. 2:18)
- He is serving as our High Priest who lives forever (Heb. 6:19-20) and does not have to sacrifice twice
- Humans priests sacrificed the blood of animals yearly – which can never take away sins (Heb. 10:11-12); but Jesus sacrificed himself and shed His blood once and for all and our sins are cleansed (Heb. 9:12, 23-28)
- He is a High Priest who is sympathizing with our weaknesses, thereby helping us during struggles and infirmities ( Heb. 4:14-16)
Halleluyah to the Lamb that was slain but lives forevermore. Give Him praise in your heart always.