“He arose! He arose! Hallelujah, Christ arose!”
God-willing, we shall again be singing these words from this well known hymn over Easter.
How do we know that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is true? The Bible makes it very clear that it did actually happen.
Look at passages like Matthew 28: 1-20; Mark 16: 1-20; Luke 24: 1-53 and John 20: 1 to 21: 25. See also how the resurrected Jesus appeared to his disciples in Acts 1: 1-11. What else could explain the radical transformation in the disciples who went from being a frightened group of Christ’s followers to being his courageous witnesses throughout the world?
It was when the risen Christ appeared to the apostle Paul (Acts 9:1-6) that Paul changed from being a persecutor of the church to being its greatest leader and missionary. In addition, the risen Christ appeared to many other people (Matthew 28: 5; John 20: 19; 1 Corinthians 15: 5-7, etc.)
What about the empty tomb? If Christ were not raised from the dead, then where is his body? Matthew 28: 5-7 makes it clear that he was raised from the dead as he had promised. Another proof is the enormous weight the apostles gave to the resurrection. They stress that it was pivotal to the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. If he was not raised from the dead, neither will we be raised and our faith will be in vain (1 Corinthians 15: 12-15).
Let us worship our glorious risen Lord this Easter and always!
“Hallelujah! He arose!”