He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed.
On the third day, after Jesus died on the cross, He arose.
Shortly after there was an earthquake:
Matthew 28:2 “And behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and come and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
The stone was rolled away, not to let Christ Jesus out; He was already risen; but to let his disciples in—to see and believe.
1st Were the women bearing spices to anoint Jesus. It had been the time of the evening sacrifice, and Passover, and there had been no time to anoint Jesus after death.
Luke 24 :1 “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.”
(You will remember He was anointed “aforehand”, by a woman with an alabaster box of ointment. John 14:6-8)
When they saw the stone rolled away and heard the words of the angel, they departed and told the disciples.
2nd. They went and told the eleven disciples, and Peter and John came to see. Though John came first, he looked but did not go in. Peter followed and entered the tomb and simply wondered. (Luke 24:12). But John then went in and believed. Then they went away.
John 20:4-8. “So they ran together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher.
And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
And the napkin, that was about His head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed.”
3rd. One of the women was Mary Magdalene. She was crying because she thought they had stolen the Lord’s body. (She stayed and actually saw Jesus, though at first she thought He was a gardener.)
John 20:11. “But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher”
Angels talked to her, but she cared only for her Lord. She would have tried to carry the body, thinking some had robbed the tomb.
But as soon as she heard Jesus say, “Mary.” She knew it was Jesus and believed.
John 20:16 “Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say Master.”
Then Jesus speaks to her, and shows her one of the greatest truths to Christians. God is our Father, not our Judge because of His sacrifice.
John 20:17 “Jesus saith unto her, ……but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”
She went and told the disciples she had seen the Lord.
4th. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came and again see the tomb and the angel tells them, “He is risen”. Then they see Jesus, and worship Him.
Matthew 28:9 “And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by His feet, and worshipped Him.”
5th. He shows himself to the disciples in the upper room, but Thomas is not there.
John 20:19, 24 “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.”
6th. He walks along the road with two disciples, and instructs them about the death and resurrection from the scriptures. Proving by the Word of God that the Christ was meant to die a sacrifice for sin and be raised the third day.
Luke 24:13, 15-16, 26-27. “And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
But their eyes were holden that they should not know Him.
Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?
And beginning at Moses and at the prophets, He (Jesus) expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.”
Then he went in with them to eat, and as soon as He gave blessing they knew who he was, and returned to Jerusalem with joy and told His disciples.
Luke 24:30-31 “And it came to pass, as He set at meat with them, He took bread, and blessed it, and break and gave to them.
And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight.”
7th. He shows Himself again, in their midst, and eats before them and again speaks to them of scripture, opening their understanding to it.
Luke 24:36,41-43, 45-47. “And as they thus spake, Jesus himself thus stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
And while they believed not for joy, and wondered, He said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
And they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish, and of a honeycomb.
And He took it, and did eat before them.
Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
8th. Eight days latter He shows Himself again to them in the upper room, especially for Thomas’s benefit.
John 20:26-29 “And after eight days His disciples were within, and Thomas was with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; And reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing.
And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and My God.
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
9th. He saw them on the Sea, and restored Peter from his sin of denying Him three times.
He asked him three times, “Do you love Me?”
John 21:15-17 “So when they had dined, Jesus saith unto Simon Peter, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
He saith unto him the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He said unto him, Feed my sheep.
He saith unto him the third time, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because He said unto him the third time, lovest thou me? And he said unto Him, Lord, Thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”
Jesus knew Peter loved Him, but three times he had denied Him; so three times he affirmed his love to Him.
10th. Jesus stayed 40 days after His resurrection, teaching them.
Acts 1:3 “To whom also He showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”
Jesus ascended to heaven, after telling them to wait till the Holy Ghost was given them; for He would abide with them and empower them for the work. Acts 1:8-9 “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”
His promise is to come again:
Acts1:10-11 “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel;
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.”
Revelation 22:20 “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly: Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
He arose. He is risen, and at the right hand fo the Father in heaven for us as our Mediator.
He will come again, as He said.
Even so come Lord Jesus.