Early in the morning on first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to visit the tomb, and saw that the stone had been removed. She ran to tell Peter and John about this, then stood outside the tomb, weeping. She saw two angels who asked her why she was crying, to which she responded that Jesus had been taken away, and she didn’t know where they had put Him. At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. She went and told the disciples the good news that she had seen Him.
Perhaps you’re asking yourself the question “What does Jesus’ resurrection mean for me, over 2,000 years after it occurred?” Here are a few of the ways that the resurrection affects our lives today:
- Jesus died for our sins, and was raised for our justification (Romans 4:25). At the cross, He took our sins upon Himself, paying the price for them, which was death (Romans 6:23). His resurrection proclaims the fact that our sins have been completely and effectively dealt with, and that there remains nothing left for us to do but to receive the forgiveness that God offers to us.
- 2 Corinthians 5:14 proclaims that one died for all, and therefore all died. Because Jesus took our place at the cross, His death was our death. We have been raised with Him (Colossians 3:1). We were once dead in our transgressions, but we have been made alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5)!
- After Jesus rose again and ascended to heaven, He sat down at the right hand of God as our high priest (Hebrews 8:1). In the Old Testament, the high priest represented the people before God. In the same way, Christ represents us before God today. Our identity is found in Him. Because we are in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17), God views us as He views Jesus – completely loved, accepted, and cherished, with unshakable right standing before Him.
This Easter, may you rejoice in the knowledge that our Savior is risen. May God give you an even greater revelation of all that His death and resurrection mean for you today. Have a wonderful and Happy Resurrection Day!
My name is Emily Hockenhull. I started Called and Created as a way to share the good news of the gospel of God's grace with others. Come join me on the journey!