“As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting 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 and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ” (Mark 16:5-7)
Christianity is a very unique faith. There is no other religion on the planet that claims what our faith does. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Nazarene, was born of a virgin. That is a fact that we recognize during the celebration of Christmas. It is a wonderful time of the year for us to give God thanks for sending His Son to be born and walk among mankind. Our worship during the Christmas season is always a great time to acknowledge birth, new life, and the hope of salvation that we have in the birth of Jesus. Birth and new life bring us joy and an optimistic hope for the future, but what about death?
Every one us at some time in our life have been introduced to the death of someone we know, someone we love or someone to which we were acquainted. Death is the opposite of birth. Birth is the beginning of life on this planet however; death is the end of life on this planet. The event of death could be very depressing if it were the end of life all together, however, this is not what the Christian faith claims.
As Christians we claim something that other religions and faiths of the world do not claim. Our Savior is alive and one day He is coming back to take us all home to be with Him. Until that time takes place He is calling us to behave just as the early apostles behaved. He is calling us to share our belief in a living Lord. The Apostle Paul told the early church
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthian 15:3-4)
One of the greatest assurances that I have as a Christian is the fact that Jesus is alive! Alfred H. Ackley put this way in the hymn, He Lives:
I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He’s always near.
He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
Happy Resurrection Day to you and your family! He is alive!!!