(6) And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him; (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Mark 16:6; 1 Corinthians 15:4 (KJB)
He is RISEN! Praise God! In yesterday’s devotion, we talked about the reason why Jesus died on the Cross to save us from our sins. Today, we will focus on why Jesus had to rise from the dead.
All of the Gospels record the miraculous event of Jesus’ Resurrection. We will use Mark’s account of the Resurrection for the purpose of this devotional. The Bible says in Mark chapter sixteen and verse number six, “…ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified…” Once again, Jesus did not die on the Cross for Himself. He died on the cross for our sins. In 1 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit boldly declares, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;” (1 Cor. 15:3)
Building on yesterday’s point, Jesus’ sacrificial death on the Cross was the atonement, the final payment for our sin. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead exemplifies that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice and that Jesus had conquered death and Hell and that salvation could now be offered freely to all men, as God had intended since Adam and Eve.
In the latter half of Mark 16:6, the Bible says this, “…he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.” Jesus rose out of the grave victorious over death, victorious over sin, and victorious over Satan. Jesus’ Resurrection bare witness of the power of God and the Spirit of God. It was by the Spirit of God and the Power of God that Jesus rose from the dead. It is by that same power that lost sinners are converted and saved by the precious Blood of Christ our Saviour.
However, there is an even greater reason why Jesus had to rise from the dead. Paul speaks on this in 1 Corinthians 15, “And that he was buried, and that he rose againthe third day according to the scriptures:” There are myriad verses that point to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Several of them come from the Old Testament, with many of them also coming from the New Testament.
The most important part about the Resurrection is that without it, our entire faith would be in vain. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”(1 Cor. 15:17) If Christ did not rise from the dead, we are not saved and are still in our sins, and on our way to Hell. But praise the God of Heaven, Jesus did rise from the dead!
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we all have a hope, a blessed hope that one day we will meet our Saviour face to face and that “we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2) May God bless you all in Christ’s Name.