The King’s Resurrection – Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:6
Matthew 28:1-8 was the scripture passage that God brought to my attention this week, and I instantly knew this was the next passage He wanted me to blog about. I marvel at the variety of ways He speaks to me. He’s so clever, creative, and wise! This scripture passage is a comforting reminder of the Savior who died and rose in order for us to be raised with Him in righteousness and glory (1 John 3:2, Philippians 3:20-21). Mary Magdalene and another Mary were the first to discover that their Savior Jesus had in fact conquered death – once and for all. It was a miracle to them because they had just mourned his death and had longed for their Savior to be physically present with them. But He could not stay. He had business to take care of – the business of God the Father. The ultimate Kingdom business.
When the angel of the Lord rolled back the stone (Matthew 28:2), Jesus was no longer there. His tomb was empty. The victory had been won! The two women were amazed. And immediately, while still in awe, they had been commissioned to tell the disciples this great news. And they did so with fear and great joy (Matthew 28:8).
This, I believe, was the prelude to the beginning of the Great Commission. And His appointed disciples took this new information and ran with it. And here we are today. Fulfilling the same call and doing the same work.
He is risen. Pause for a moment to reflect on the preciousness of truth found in these three words.
As a risen Savior, Jesus has given us power and victory over death. O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory (1 Corinthians 15:55)? Through His death and resurrection, Jesus rendered Satan and the kingdom of darkness defeated. Which means, that in Him, though we die to ourselves daily for the cause of Christ and eventually physically, we will never truly die. Death had no power over Him, and death has no power over us. We have been raised with Christ. We have been granted eternal life. And we will live forever in eternity with Him.
Romans 6:3-6 says this: Do you not know that as many of us were baptized into Jesus Christ were also baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Which brings me to my next point:
As a risen Savior, Jesus has given us power and victory over sin. Continuing in Romans 6, verses 7-12a read this way: For he that is dead is free from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we should also live with Him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more: death has no more dominion over Him. For in that He died, He died to sin once: but in that He lives, He lives unto God. Likewise, reckon also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body…
I think it’s also good to note here that when the women inquired about where Jesus was in Matthew 28, the angel said: I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified (past tense). God in the flesh (who became like us in order to save us from death) was crucified on the Cross; and He was resurrected to fulfill the will of the Father. God did this for us. Christ did this for us. Per Galatians 2:19-20, we as children of God have been crucified in Christ as we die for Him and live in Him. Amazing.
As a risen Savior, Jesus has not only given us power and victory over sin, but He has given us pardon from sin, guilt, shame, and condemnation. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1). Regardless of what our past or even our present looks like, it is only a reminder of how good the grace of Jesus Christ is. The Father sought us out, the Son saved us, and the Holy Spirit sealed us. You are His. Your slate has been wiped clean. You have been justified in Him, and you are being sanctified in Him. He now desires to use your life as a conduit of His glory and as a means to bring others to the knowledge and fullness of His love.
As a risen Savior, Jesus has given us grace that abounds, mercy that endures, love that conquers, hope that spans far beyond our comprehension, and peace that passes all understanding – more than enough to keep us going; to keep us fighting the good fight of faith. As we endure trials, adversity, hardships, persecution, and suffering, we find comfort in knowing that God will avenge it all, and He will reward us for our faithfulness and perseverance. It is and will forever be eternally worth the pain and sacrifice (Romans 8:18).
As a risen Savior, Jesus has given us new life through the forgiveness of our sins. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. The old has passed away; behold the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). New life could not come without His death and resurrection. Forgiveness of sins could not come without the shedding of blood. The death of Jesus on the Cross was the ultimate sacrifice. The blood Jesus shed for the forgiveness of our sins was enough payment for us to be reconciled to God through Him. All it takes is faith in His sacrifice; something that God Himself and His Spirit grants us.
As God’s children redeemed through His Son Jesus Christ, we are covered by the blood. We are washed in the blood. We are being sanctified by the blood.
There is power in the blood of Jesus Christ. Are you covered by the blood? Are you being cleansed and sanctified by the blood?
My last point for this blog post: As a risen Savior, Jesus has given us freedom. Freedom! Freedom is a precious gift. We are no longer bound to the world; we are now bound to Christ. We are no longer entangled with the yoke of bondage; we are now free through the righteousness of Christ. We are no longer held captive by the opinions of others; our identity is now found in Christ. We no longer desire to seek approval from others; we seek the approval of the Father. We no longer desire to pursue temporal pursuits and pleasures that will not satisfy…but we are now satisfied in Christ and Christ alone. We are now solely focused on pleasing, honoring, and glorifying God alone. He who the Son sets free is free indeed. We are indeed free by the power of the Holy Spirit that is at work within us.
And the angel answered and said to the women: Fear not; 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. Matthew 28:5-6, Mark 16:6
He is not here. For He is risen. Just as He said.
He is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. He is in Heaven. The place where He lays today is in our hearts. And one day (hopefully soon!), He will return to redeem those who belong to Him. And our forever will then begin…with no end.
What does His resurrection mean for you personally? How has Christ resurrected you? How has He raised you up with Him? In what ways have you had to die in order that you may be found alive in Christ? What have you gained in Christ? It’s worth pondering on and remembering and digesting and sinking into – so that you may be empowered to continue on in the fight.
With God’s precious, glorious, and incomparable love.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Porsche R. Armstrong
Founder, Love Is A Lifestyle
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