As we draw closer to Good Friday and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, for Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world. 

Every year at this time I remember this time of year. I sit and think about the Plot that Killed Jesus. In Luke 22. The Agony Jesus went through with just for us. The death of Jesus on the Cross. I do not think we spend enough time remembering the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

When Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to take a look at the tomb, an angel of the Lord appeared to them. The angel said to the women, do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, as He said he would do.

Matthew 28:1–15Luke 24:1–12John 20:1–10. Mary Magdalene and other women come to Jesus’ tomb and find it empty. Angels announce that Jesus has been resurrected. Peter and John come to see the empty tomb. The risen Lord appears to the women.

I do not think we often put ourselves in the emotions and thoughts of the followers of Christ during that period of time. They saw Jesus perform many miracles, even raising people from the dead. Then in one day the one who they left everything to follow…the one who they believed to be their true Messiah…ends up dead and in a tomb.

The very purpose of the weekend is to remind us of no matter what we face today, what we have been through, or no matter what the future holds, we know God has conquered it all. Jesus, His Son, conquered sin, death, the cross, and He is making all things new. This is why we rejoice when we hear the words, “He is risen!”

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What is the Bible Meaning of “He Is Risen?”

The meaning of “He Is Risen” mean that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead and is alive forevermore. “He is risen” means:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone, and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

What Jesus Did on the Cross of Calvary set us free?:

  • We are forgiven
  •  We are not bound by sin, we belong to Jesus
  • Our today is part of our eternity with the creator God
  • Our identity is secure as his sons and daughters

Then, after the cross and resurrection, Jesus says to his followers:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” —Matthew 19-20

 The Bible says, and when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Luke 23:46

He most certainly dead when they laid him in the grave on Good Friday. He died on the cross in front of a great crowd of people.

The glorious meaning is that Jesus has risen from the dead, paid for our sins, defeated death, and conquered Satan. It also means that he is now in heaven with the Father and His Holy Spirit (John 20:17). The resurrection of Jesus means that no matter how long it takes or what form it takes, the power of love will ultimately prevail.

What Jesus Did on the Cross of Calvary set us free?:

Both the Old and the New Testament speak of the truth of Jesus being raised from death. Jesus testified of His is resurrection before He died and again to His disciples after they witnessed His body after the resurrection. 

Matthew 28:5-7 says, “The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

Throughout His short ministry on earth, Jesus predicted to His disciples and followers about His death. In the Book of John, Jesus predicted His death three times. In Matthew 17:22-23 and in Mark 9:30-32, Jesus said, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.”

The bible says, after Jesus rose from the dead. He showed Himself to His disciples before ascending to heaven. 40 days after conquering death, His disciples witness Him going up to heaven in the clouds.

He tells them to keep His commands. He then tells them He is sending an “Advocate, the Spirit of Truth” as He goes to prepare a place for each of us.

In John 14:28, Jesus says, “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.” 

After this moment, His disciples began to spread the Gospel. This whole story encapsulates where the phrase originated.

“. . . It is true! The Lord has risen . . .” Luke 24:34 (NIV)

WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT JESUS IS RISEN?

The phrase “He Is Risen” mean that Jesus Christ has literally risen from the dead and is alive today.

In the Bible, an angel at Jesus’ empty tomb says to the women who had come to anoint his body, “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.”

Jesus was most certainly dead when they laid him in the grave on Good Friday. He died on the cross in front of a great crowd of people. But when the women came to the tomb, the angel joyfully proclaimed, “He is risen, he is not here!”

The resurrection of Jesus Christ means that we are justified before God.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (Romans 4:25)

Justification means to “be put right with.” Because of our sin, humanity is cut off from a right relationship with God (Romans 6:28, Isaiah 59:2). Scripture calls us “objects of wrath” because God has to exert His wrath those who break his law (Ephesians 2:3).

Without someone stepping in to correct this situation, we cannot have the relationship with God that He intended. In the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, God put our punishment on Christ so that we could be justified before Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). The resurrection of Jesus confirms that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice for sin on the cross and gives us access to a right relationship with Him. Praise God!

The resurrection of Jesus Christ shows that Jesus defeated death.

Death is the enemy of mankind and the just punishment for our sin (Romans 6:23). The mortality rate is and will always be 100%. No amount of effort, medical technology, power or riches can escape the clutches of death.

Christ rose from the dead because death could no longer hold Him (Acts 2:24)—we no longer have to fear death because Christ has triumphed over it. That’s what led the apostle Paul to write:

“O death where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’”The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)

It is time to let the resurrection power change us inside out. It is time to dump our burdens, sickness, and worries at the cross and leave them there. And receive freedom in resurrected Christ.

10 Reasons the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is Meaningful

1. The resurrection of Jesus Christ means that believers are justified before God.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (Romans 4:25)

Justification means to “be put right with.” Because of our sin, humanity is cut off from a right relationship with God (Romans 6:28, Isaiah 59:2). Scripture calls us “objects of wrath” because God has to exert His wrath those who break his law (Ephesians 2:3).

Without someone stepping in to correct this situation, we cannot have the relationship with God that He intended. In the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, God put our punishment on Christ so that we could be justified before Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). The resurrection of Jesus confirms that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice for sin on the cross and gives us access to a right relationship with Him. Praise God!

2. The resurrection of Jesus Christ shows that Jesus conquers and defeated death.

Death is the enemy of mankind and the just punishment for our sin (Romans 6:23). The mortality rate is and will always be 100%. No amount of effort, medical technology, power, or riches can escape the clutches of death.

Christ rose from the dead because death could no longer hold Him (Acts 2:24)—we no longer have to fear death because Christ has triumphed over it. That is what led the apostle Paul to write:

“O death where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)

3. The resurrection of Jesus Christ means that believers are united with Christ.

When we believe in Christ, we are joined to Him in faith (2 Corinthians 4:14). Union with Christ means that when God looks at us, He does not see our unrighteousness, but the righteousness of Christ. It means that we have died with Him and will also live with Him (Romans 6:8).

This union is made possible by the resurrection of Christ. Similar to when a couple is united in marriage and one spouse’s belongings become the shared possession of their new spouse, believers receive the righteousness of Christ because of their union with Him (1 Corinthians 1:30).

We are now able to walk in newness of life because we are bound to Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:4). This idea is shown in baptism, which is the physical demonstration of the spiritual reality of our dying with Christ and being raised with Him.

4. The resurrection of Jesus Christ confirms the truth of Scripture.

The book of Job, Isaiah 53, and Psalm 16 are among the many examples of Old Testament Scriptures that prophesied about the resurrection of Jesus:

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” (Job 19:25)

“Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many and makes intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:10-12; see fulfillment in John 12:38, Romans 8:17; Acts 8:32-33; 1 Peter 2:23; Luke 22:37)

“For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:10-11; see Acts 2:25-28, 2:31,13:35)

5. The resurrection of Jesus Christ proves the gospel to be true.

The fact that Jesus is alive today means that He is able to save today. This was a major argument of Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, where he explains how the whole Christian gospel depends on the resurrection of Jesus:

And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain…and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:14; 17-19)

The resurrection is not only a fundamental part of the gospel, but it is the glue that holds every part of the gospel together. Without it, Christians believe in vain and live without hope. But since Christ has risen from the grave, we have hope of forgiveness, justification, and eternal life in Christ.

6. The resurrection of Jesus Christ proves that Jesus is the Son of God.

Jesus’ unique claims about Himself would not matter if He remained in the grave. In fact, He would be like the millions who went before Him and the millions who came after. But Jesus Christ did rise from the dead and His resurrection proves His unique status as the Son of God.

…[Christ] was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

7. The resurrection of Jesus Christ means that God the Father will give His Holy Spirit to believers.

Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. (Acts 2:33)

After Christ had risen and ascended, He sent the promised Holy Spirit to continue His work on earth. This means that Christ’s earthly ministry continues today through His people, in whom He dwells by the Holy Spirit. This also means that Christ will help His people by the Spirit, strengthening them, convicting them, guiding them into the life that God desires.

8. The resurrection of Jesus Christ gives Christians a living hope.

According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you… (1 Peter 1:3-4)

Being forgiven of sin and justified before God gives Christians tremendous hope. Christians are changed from being an enemy of God bound for hell, to a forgiven child of God with an eternal inheritance in heaven that can never be taken away. What can be better news than that?

9. The resurrection of Jesus Christ means that we will be raised like Him.

Christ is described as the firstfruits of the resurrection from the dead, meaning that His resurrection is a precursor to the resurrection that all believers will experience (1 Corinthians 15:20). “For as by a man came death,” wrote the apostle Paul, “by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).

Believers in Jesus Christ will enjoy resurrection life just like Christ did, with glorified bodies raised in power (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). We may suffer in this life with pains and illnesses, but we will not suffer in the life to come. All earthly suffering has an expiration date, but the pleasures of heaven will never end.

10. The resurrection of Jesus Christ means that Christ will judge the world in righteousness.

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead. (Acts 17:30-31)

Every person who has ever lived will be held accountable by God for what they have done. Unbelievers will be held accountable for breaking God’s law and face the condemnation in hell. God will hold believers accountable for their works and will reward them in heaven. The sign God gave to confirm this fact was the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

If you do not believe in Jesus Christ, this judgment should cause tremendous fear. You will face the wrath of God and suffer an eternity in hell because of your sins. But this judgment does not have to be a thing to dread.

Related: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ | For Further Study

25 Bible Verses About He Is Risen

 As we celebrate Jesus this resurrection Sunday, “Jesus is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!” The very purpose of this Easter weekend reminds us, no matter what we face today, what we’ve been through, or what uncertainties tomorrow may hold, Christ is risen and is our Hope. He conquered death; He makes all things new.

Remember, God’s not dead. He is Alive! And he lives in you and me.  Please take time during your quite time or prayer time to medicate on these Bible Verses About “He Is Not Here | He Has Risen”.

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robesitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples…’” Mark 16:5-7

“He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Luke 24:6-7

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matt. 28:6

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live,” John 11:25

“And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.”  1 Cor. 6:14

“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” Romans 6:4-5

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” 1 Pet. 1:3

“For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:40

“For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Thess. 4:14

“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” Rom. 8:11

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth…” Job 19:25

“That you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” Eph. 1:18-21

“That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,” Phil. 3:10

“He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” 1 Cor. 15:4

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” 1 Pet. 1:3-4

“And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33

“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Rom. 6:8-11

“And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit.” Rom. 1:4

“Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” Romans 8:34

“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces.” Isaiah 25:8

“For as by a man came death, by a man has come the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:21-22

“We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.” Romans 6:9

“He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.” Romans 4:25

“Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.” Col. 2:12

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Conclusion

We have so much to celebrate Jesus. He Has Risen. Not only has He Has Risen. He Has Risen in my heart, and in your heart. A risen Savior changes lives not only for eternity, but right now—today—here on earth. That is a cause to celebrate!

Prayer

Father, in the Name of Jesus, Jesus conquered death and sin so that we have freedom in Christ.

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36

I thank you that through the blood of Jesus, we are free indeed. The very purpose of His resurrection is to set us free as Jesus made all things new. This means God is not dead, He is alive. We have the victory through Christ Jesus!

You are my redeemer, my Savior, my Strength, my Power, my Resurrection, and my Life. 

Thank You that You make all things new. Thank You for making me a new creation in Christ the moment I accepted Your Son as my savior. Thank You for the victory and power I have in the name of Jesus. No matter what life brings my way, I can look confidently to You because You hold the keys of death which means I am alive in Christ.

Jesus paved the way for me to live a life of freedom from sin. Thank You that He made the way. I praise You for the love you lavish on me. May Your light shine brightly on me and through me. May I make a difference in the lives of others by sharing Your truth. Thank You for such an incredible gift. To You be the honor, the glory, and the power on the Resurrection Day.

In Jesus’ Name,

AMEN!

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Action Steps to Take Today

  1. Spend time in prayer today and ask God to help you understand the magnitude of what happened on the cross that day.
  2. Read the verses and make note of anything in particular that stands out to you for further study.
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  4. Learn how to write your personal testimony.
  5. Rejoice, knowing you are loved by a great God who sacrificed His Son so that you might live with Him forever and ever.

Love!

Joyce

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