The Weekend Word
Three Words: He Is Risen!
JESUS CHRIST WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
Jesus’ resurrection, which was a divine act involving all three Persons of the Godhead (John 10:17-18; Acts 13:30-35; Rom. 1:4), was not just a resuscitation of the ruined physical frame that was taken down from the cross for burial. It was, rather, a transformation of Jesus’ humanity that enabled him to appear, vanish, and move unseen from one location to another (Luke 24:31, 36). It was the creative renewing of his original body, the body that is now fully glorified and deathless (Phil. 3:21; Heb. 7:16, 24). The Son of God in heaven still lives in and through that body, and will do so forever. In 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, Paul envisages that Christians who are alive on earth at the moment of Christ’s return will undergo a similar transformation, though in 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 he shows himself aware that Christians who die before the Second Coming will be “clothed” with their new body (the “eternal house in heaven”) as a distinct event, at or after the time of the old body’s return to dust (Gen. 3:19).
Christianity rests on the certainty of Jesus’ resurrection as a space-time occurrence in history. All four Gospels highlight it, focusing on the empty tomb and resurrection appearances, and Acts insists on it (Acts 1:3; 2:24-35; 3:15; 4:10; 5:30-32; 13:33-37). Paul regarded the Resurrection as indisputable proof that the message about Jesus as Judge and Savior is true (Acts 17:31; 1 Cor. 15:1-11, 20).
Jesus’ resurrection demonstrated his victory over death (Acts 2:24; 1 Cor. 15:54-57), vindicated him as righteous (John 16:10), and indicated his divine identity (Rom. 1:4). It led on to his ascension and enthronement (Acts 1:9-11; 2:34; Phil. 2:9-11; cf. Isa. 53:10-12) and his present heavenly reign. It guarantees the believer’s present forgiveness and justification (Rom. 4:25; 1 Cor. 15:17) and is the basis of resurrection life in Christ for the believer here and now (John 11:25-26; Rom. 6; Eph. 1:18–2:10; Col. 2:9-15; 3:1-4).
April 4, 2010 at 3:44 am (Edit)
Sister…I think brian’s comments about wishing people would stop doing this refers to people hacking the website. I don’t think he is saying anything to try to break apart fellowship…
Hope everyone is having a good start to Easter morning. I just read this article from one of my favorite artists and thought I would pass it on:
April 4, 2010 at 3:49 am (Edit)
“WE ALL Need that hope… Not just you, and its nothing to repent of,
But to rejoice in!!!”
As kind as your words are Sister, it was a constant theme in my Christian life to repent of needing, anything what so ever. I know I am not the only one but I often wonder if I am the only one if that makes any sense. As for rejoicing, after so many years following Christ, rejoicing has not been much of an option, actually it never has been. I find that sad on Easter, completely irrelevant but still sad.
April 4, 2010 at 3:58 am (Edit)
Sarah in my life as a Christian, on my soul, I have never ever considered that an option, ever. I can remember many times weeping inside on Easter services thinking, not me, it cant me me. I dont deserve you Lord, or worse I cant need you Lord. I is a funny feeling repenting of needing God, I know I have often prayed such a prayer. I can even remember at a few Easter services repenting of needing Easter. a strange concept but very constant in my Christian life, repenting of needing Christ.
April 4, 2010 at 4:04 am (Edit)
Have never considered what an option, brian? Andrew’s article?
Praying for peace for you this morning, and for joy.
April 4, 2010 at 4:26 am (Edit)
Heading out early for church today and a full day, but thought I’d share this before going:
April 4, 2010 at 4:26 am (Edit)
hmmm….didn’t work. Oh well. I’ll just say Happy Easter
April 4, 2010 at 5:57 am (Edit)
Celebrating Jesus’ resurrection this morning and praying for joy, sweet fellowship with the Lord and with His people, rest and comfort this day. Happy Easter
sister christian says:
April 4, 2010 at 6:07 am (Edit)
“Sister…I think brian’s comments about wishing people would stop doing this refers to people hacking the website. I don’t think he is saying anything to try to break apart fellowship…” Sarah, thanks for pointing that out.
Although, Thats what I was talking about, people hacking the website,
Whats their point? Those who are continually hacking the website?
To discourage, to tear down, to break apart fellowship?
Or is it simply random people that have nothing better in life to do?
It certainly is no small disruption when they do!
Hope thats a bit more clear!
sister christian says:
April 4, 2010 at 6:10 am (Edit)
“it was a constant theme in my Christian life to repent of needing, anything what so ever.”
Did people teach you thats the way it should be, or is this a conclusion you have come to on your own?
April 4, 2010 at 6:14 am (Edit)
We had such a wonderful Sunday Service. Our pastor and his wife dedicated their baby girl ,and our pastor’s father (a pastor of another church) prayed for each child and parent in the room. I didn’t get to hear the message as I was with the children, but I told them Easter story and we all sang “He Arose.” It was a wonderful time of celebrating what Jesus has done for us.
I am home now from church and being enveloped in the Lord’s love and peace.
God is on the throne and in Him we can rest.
Blessings to all of you in the states as you begin your day.
April 4, 2010 at 6:23 am (Edit)
He is Risen!
Every day for me is Christmas and Easter…however, it is a good thing to be especially reminded of the all-critical all-encompassing and Cornerstone / Stumbling Block work of Christ on the Cross and His Resurrection on a day like today.
Praying that the PP family has a great Easter with friends and family…and that the pastors are filled with the Holy Spirit when delivering today’s messages…and that the Gospel is preached with power.
April 4, 2010 at 6:25 am (Edit)
…I have some theories on the hacking…another day, another time (will be interesting later to test the theory).
Captain Kevin says:
April 4, 2010 at 6:28 am (Edit)
Happy Glorious Resurrection Day, my Phoenix Preacher friends!
April 4, 2010 at 7:00 am (Edit)
Happy Resurrection Day! He is risen, He is risen indeed.
April 4, 2010 at 7:04 am (Edit)
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!
Happy Easter to all –
April 4, 2010 at 7:13 am (Edit)
April 4, 2010 at 7:47 am (Edit)
He is Risen!!
Here’s what we’re looking at today as we celebrate & remember.
April 4, 2010 at 7:57 am (Edit)
Happy Easter to all.
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He is risen indeed
may the celebration of His resurrection be the impetus to a deep and lasting renewal in each of us. Blessings all.
Alethos O Kirios! He is risen indeed!
God bless you Michael and PP family!
The PP.com was infested with a nasty virus on every php file.
We may be here for awhile…
Michael, our prayers are with you as you get this sorted out.
May you and family, and all others here, enjoy a wonderful Easter day today. I just love the victorious “feeling” of the day – the victory won for us by Jesus – we somehow (at least I do) tend to forget that and need the reminder that it’s something we’re to have and remember all the time.
If anyone’s interested, a friend of mine a few years back wrote a wonderful Easter song that goes from crucifixion through to the victory and I recorded it. You can download the MP3 at http://www.laughandlift.com/music/In My Life/07-It Is Done.mp3
i just love when the drums kick in at the end and the victory is pronounced!
It is done! Hallelujah!
Blessings to you all,
Sorry, the URL didn’t come out right – it didn’t like the spaces. So here it is without the spaces: http://www.laughandlift.com/music/In%20My%20Life/07-It%20Is%20Done.mp3
The Lord is risen. He is risen, indeed.
Michael….. sorry to hear about .com crazy.
Mount Olivet’s Easter service was indescribably amazing. Pastor Martin gave a most stirring message from John 3:16-18. I thought I was listening to Billy Graham at times.
The worship was too amazing to describe. We love this church. It’s a healing and strengthening place where Biblical truths are lived out, taught by example and exhortation. The people are taught HOW TO lean on Jesus in every facet of life.
If you’re a Facebook friend, you can see a couple videos from worship that my daughter took during today’s westside service.
The best Easter Service we’ve ever had, the house was packed. Taught on the Resurrection of course. If Christ be not risen our faith is in vain……
That makes my day…really happy for you!
Great notes. I should have just used yours. 🙂 I like them better.
Same passage we went in this morning.
We canceled the evening service as per usual on Resurrection Sunday. Let the families spend time together. Hopefully dads will take the cue to be the pastors of the family this day.
Blessings all. HE IS RISEN!
Great morning of music, kid’s message and testimonies of God’s grace. And lo, and behold, our church got a visit from Nomans and family! Great folks who are a super encouragement!
Great folks indeed…how cool. 🙂
thanks Michael! 8)
Michael – great work on the .net!
This one is mobile-ized too, BrianD.
My Redeemer lives!!!
Hard to beat a day like today…message was literally awesome…
Centy…amen…and happy for you as well.
Michael…the new “skin” is pretty cool.
I’ll try that out…can you get to the dashboard from the mobile, though?
And, perhaps, someone will be able to report back this week on what it looks like from the iPad…
Chris…that was pretty cool.
Went to church with my sister today. She was so excited to have us go with her. the cool thing for me is that she is going to church. Not just going but very involved there and getting more and more excited about things of God.
Her church seems to be a seeker church. The music portion of the service resembled a concert….. with strobe lights and fog machine. They did not do the typical resurrection message. They talked about finding God in the movie Avatar….complete with popcorn, beverages, candy, clips from the movie and someone dressed as an Avatar. Yes, they allowed popcorn and beverages in the sanctuary.
So now I am torn.. confused…
I was disappointed…is that the right word?… discouraged?…. concerned at the amount of money put into the decorating… drapery, carpeting, mock movie tickets…. not to mention the regular decor and production equipment.
But I am overjoyed my sister and her boys are in church…. and though the message was very watered, Scripture is being read…and God’s word does not return void, right?
After church my sister decided that I needed to be taken to my mom’s grave. She still goes from time to time… It just felt empty to me.
I was surprised by all the people there. It was crowded. Is that a normal thing… to go to the cemetery on holidays?
Duh … 😳 I guess they did go to the ‘cemetery’ on the first Easter.
but you know what I meant, right?
alright, you can stop laughing now. 😉
Happy Easter…granted I’m a bit late.
I am so glad the PP is back. Cool site, and happy to know it’s mobilized! I just need to get a phone with an html browser. 🙂
BrianD, find a church that could be giving i pads out as prizes? 😉 kidding of course…
Dusty, even though I am kidding with BrianD, I feel your frustration, yet happiness for you and your sis. Let’s pray, and pray…
Dusty, many in my family go to the cemetery on Easter and holidays. I have always felt it was to remember loved ones, but I get what you mean. To be honest, I was at a cemetery today as well.
What a great service with the Piney Head! Beautiful message… Easter is the exclamation point of the ministry of Jesus! Without it we are completely bankrupt. I loved worshipping with the precious body Piney has been given charge over. What a blessing. Happy Easter everyone, I love you guys.
He is Risen!!!! He is Risen indeed! Thank you Jesus for you gift.
oops…that should’ve read *your*
Nene, I just did not know so many went there so often. I guess I should have known…maybe it is just that I did not think of it…
Who did you go to see?
Hi Dusty, For some reason your post made me laugh. (in a good way) We put flowers on the graves of my grandparents, aunt, uncle. Yep, there were many people there today.
Sleep well tonight Dust!
Dusterooo!!! Been thinking about you beautiful friend <3
Nene, yeah, my comments seemed to make me laugh too…. reading over them again… I’m such a goof. lol
Thanks Nene, hope you sleep well as well. lol there I go again…oh you know what I mean… 🙂 Night.
Angel Voice….glad you are back.
We had a great service yesterday. The worship was wonderful & sweet (with a new worship leader), we looked at Matt 28:1-10 with our response to the resurrection being worship & witness, as well as spending a few minutes looking at a few of the things that are wrapped up in the resurrection of Christ (the declaration of Jesus as the Son of God, our justification, our sanctification, the coming judgment). We celebrated communion & closed with an acapella singing of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”
It was great. 🙂
We had a wonderful time yesterday, from the great service in the morning to the afternoon fellowship with our church family.
It is a good experience to have an honest God loving church family, who enjoy each others company. It was a refreshing time. Thank you Jesus.
Believe, what is your theory on the hacking? I’m very curious 🙂 Also, nice post on the Calvary Chapel Visalia Topix forum. This is a good month to bring the abuse of children to the forefront of our prayers and to shed light on Pastor Bob Grenier’s continued denial of his abuse of you and your brothers. Hoping this month will draw more attention to exposing his dark deeds.
Thanks Believe – glad to hear you enjoyed/were blessed by it. I believe God really worked through my friend powerfully to write that. BTW, I discovered the .COM was down the other night when trying to post a brief follow-up. One of the things I was going to say was “right on!” to your comments on motivation & repentance.
Your church experience there saddens me. When the church starts looking just like the world it becomes a sad thing.
Several years ago, I went to a church service where they showed clips from “Pirates of the Caribbean” complete with the pastor leading the congregation in the singing of the “yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life” song – complete with the words about pillaging, etc…That was one of the few church services in my life that I had to walk out of. I just couldn’t believe it.
Your experience would seem to top that though. At the same time, as you noted, God can still work through such things since God works on the heart. Praying for you and sister, etc.
I wanted to thank you for this great read!!