The long weekend brought about by the Holy Week culminates on Sunday, which the whole Christendom calls Easter Sunday.
In the Bible, we see that the third day marked the resurrection of Jesus from death. Thus, it is but appropriate to call the closing of the Lenten Season, Resurrection Sunday.
Growing up, I remember that during the Holy Week, we were not allowed to play outside, make noise or even do other activities that kids normally do.
My mom used to tell me that it’s because Jesus is dead during Good Friday and Black Saturday, so we shouldn’t even “rejoice”.
But is it really inappropriate or even “sinful” to “rejoice” during Good Friday and Black Saturday?
Is Jesus still in His tomb?
Looking back at the passages from the Bible, it is clear that the tomb is long empty.
Mark 16 gave a detailed account of Jesus’ resurrection, with the angels breaking the good news that indeed, “He is risen!”
So what’s the big deal about Jesus resurrection?
- His resurrection showed His faithfulness to His promise – Have you had someone promise you something but then in the end, failed to deliver?
I’ve experienced that many times. It ain’t fun, especially when you’ve anticipated your new bike, expected a promotion, a generous salary increase, a closed business deal — until suddenly, the person who promised you didn’t come through.
The Gospel though was replete with Jesus’ promise that after his death, He will also rise from the dead.
And He did.
By rising from the grave, He kept His word. It shows He’s trustworthy. It demonstrates His faithfulness.
As Numbers 23:19 (the MSG) says, “God is not man, one given to lies, and not a son of man changing his mind. Does he speak and not do what he says? Does he promise and not come through.”
2. His resurrection reveals His power – The greatest men in his history accomplished a lot as they contributed to the development and progress of the world.
But these great men (and women) eventually faced death. They all died and were buried.
Unlike these important people in history, Jesus came back from death, three days after being crucified on the cross.
His resurrection was proof that nothing in this world could hold Jesus down.
And the good news is, the power that raised Jesus from death is ready and available for everyone who trusts in Him completely.
Your life may be taking a nose dive as of late – perhaps, you’re disappointed with how things go in your personal life, maybe, there’s a lot of negativity going on in your family, career or business.
But in all these, we can be assured of Jesus’ presence because He has risen.
By conquering death, man’s greatest enemy, He will give us the strength to conquer all our fears, all our doubts, anxieties, and worries.
Happy Resurrection Sunday!