I really don’t like the greeting Happy Easter even though I used it as part of the title. If I had a vote on what to call it, I’d vote for Victory Sunday because today is the day Christians celebrate the day Christ defeated sin. That doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped sinning. (I wish that was true but it isn’t.) It’s the day Christ rose from the dead and paid for every sin that had been committed, was being committed at the time of His crucifixion and that would be committed in the future.

The 24th chapter of Luke opens by saying “Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, [a]and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!

Later in Luke, Jesus appeared to His believers:

So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” And He said to them, “What things?”

Then Cleopas explained to Christ what had happened. While he explained, he told Christ what his expectations were:

But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.

What happens next was quite a moment. Cleopas and his friend got a personalized Bible study from Jesus:

Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

Finally, Jesus reveals Himself in a most unique way:

Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.”

Immediately, these disciples knew it was Jesus:

“Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

After the fact, Cleopas and his friend knew it was Jesus because, while they didn’t recognize Jesus yet, their reaction to the Christ’s words were immediate and intense.

That morning, the Tomb was empty because Christ paid the price for humanity’s sins. The Tomb is empty because today is Victory Sunday!!!

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3 Responses to “Happy Easter He is risen!!!”

  • John Palmer says:

    He is risen indeed!

  • Crimson Trace says:

    Jesus paid the price for us to go to heaven if we believe he shed His blood for us. Without faith it is impossible to please God. I think everyone in hell fully realizes they missed the boat. For the nonbelievers, what’s your excuse for rejecting this free gift of salvation? The time is now to make Jesus Lord of your life.

  • Gretchen L Leisen says:

    Thanks. Yes, Jesus Christ is risen indeed.

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