~ Chapter 2 ~
Resurrection Is The Disciple’s Jubilation
“Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it…But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said…And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead…’” (Matthew 28: 1-2, 5-7).
Hallelujah! Do you know why Jesus Christ rose from the dead? Because it is impossible for Christ to be held captive by death when He Himself is LIFE (Acts 2:24). Oh, what a glorious Savior, all-conquering and all-powerful. It is no wonder why the apostle Paul exclaimed, “O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55). The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the invincible, Deistic factor for which Christianity exists! Do you know why? Because if Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, all of your sin would not be forgiven (1 Corinthians 15:17). The resurrection validates that Christ was truly the Son of God. He is Lord of all.
As glorious and eternal as it may be, Christ’s resurrection means much more than rising from the dead. Yes, Jesus rose, and yes, over five hundred people can testified to it (1 Corinthians 15:6). What more is there to know? The resurrection of Christ has personal involvement in your life as a Christian. The purpose that Christ’s resurrection serves will change your entire perspective on death. Well, what is the purpose? What value does the resurrection offer for a disciple? Transfiguration will give you the answer.