Hundreds of years, the promise of the Messiah – that God would come to earth and bring redemption to His people. The talk about town was electric.
“We have found the Messiah. He has come.”
They believed in Him, they sat at His feet and hung on every word He said. Then He was arrested. He was beaten. He was forced to carry His cross up Golgotha’s hill. They drove nails into His hands and feet. The blood flowed. He died. The Messiah was gone. Sorrow and sadness, anguish and fear, replaced the joy and expectation of redemption. They were running for their lives. Would they be next?
They met as they had been taught by Jesus. They broke bread, they wept and they shared the story over and over. Every moment they felt the ache of the absence of His presence.
Suddenly they felt the warmth. The room filled with light. “I am He who was dead, and I am alive forever more and I am victorious over death, Hell, Satan, sin, and the grave.”
What a revival of life! Of salvation! Of joy! Jesus the Messiah is alive!
Our risen Savior appeared many times over a period of forty days. He appeared to over 500 believers at one time. Ask Peter. Ask Mary Magdalene. Ask the Apostles. Ask the Centurion who watched Him die. Ask the disciples who walked with him on the Road to Emmaus. The angels will testify to the fact that Jesus is alive.
Jesus the resurrected Christ ascended into Heaven where He offered His blood on the altar in Heaven and sat down on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. Jesus in eternity past lived in the presence of His Father. He had never experienced anything but the goodness of His Father.
We have experienced sin. We wish we had never sinned. Jesus never sinned, but He took our sin upon Himself on the cross. He became sin for us. His Father had to turn His back on His own Son because of our sin. For the first time He experienced the results of sin.
He bore our sicknesses and carried away our pains. And by Christ’s stripes, we are healed. Jesus had never experienced mental and emotional illness. The chastisement, the punishment (payment) it took to buy (secure) our peace was upon Him. Jesus had never experienced lack. On the cross He experienced poverty in its worst form. Everything He had was taken away. Hanging on a cross, rejected, suffering, dying. Jesus, though He was rich, for our sake, He became poor, that we, through His poverty, might be blessed of God.
This is the message of Jesus. He lived a perfect life. He died in our place as the Lamb of God, and on the third day, He rose from the dead. I serve a risen Savior.