Christ has risen

MARK 16:1

BIBLE PASSAGE

Mark 16:1-8
1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

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.

7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

INTRODUCTION

Christ has risen.

Jesus is risen.

For Him to rise means He was dead; the dead came back to life.

Revelation 1:18
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

We celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at a time like this.

This is the most important fact of the Christian message and not necessarily that Jesus was born, but rather that He accomplished His mission.

1 Corinthians 15:14
And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

But glory be to God, Jesus Christ is risen!

WHAT DOES HE IS RISEN MEAN TO US AS BELIEVERS?

Christ has risen means:

1). The sun is rising.

Mark 16:2
And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

This implies there is a new dawn, a new beginning, a new era.

The First and The Last rose on the first day of the week.

The Sun of Righteousness rose at the rising of the sun

Amongst other things, He rose with healing in His wings.

Malachi 4:2
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

Father, because Jesus is risen, arise for me, O Sun of Righteousness, with healing in Your wings.

2). There is hope.

Mark 16:3-4
3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? 4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

The wonderful women of three, two Marys and Salome, wondered among themselves, who shall roll away the stone from the grave, as they pondered on the hopeless situation before them.

On getting there however, the stone had been rolled away.

Hopelessness was replaced with hope, because He is risen.

Father, because Jesus is risen, every stone obstructing my hope, please roll them away.

3). He is not locked-down.

Mark 16:6
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.

In the world of today, we are on a mandatory lock-down; at home, at rest, and at play.

But consider this, He is risen means that Jesus Christ is not locked-down.

The angel in the grave said He is not here.

No grave could keep The King of kings locked down.

No darkness could keep The Light of the world locked down.

No stone could keep The Rock of Ages locked down.

Jesus of Nazareth is risen, and cannot be locked down.

Father, because Jesus is risen, everything causing this lock-down, destroy them today.

4). He is alive.

Mark 16:6
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.

He is risen simply means He is alive!

This means that the dead can come back to life, because The Resurrection and The Life is alive.

John 11:25
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Dead body parts can come back to life.

Dead dreams can come back to life.

Dead destinies can come back to life.

Dead businesses can come back to life.

Dead things can come back to life, because He is risen, and is alive.

Father, because Jesus is risen and is alive, bring to life, every good thing that might have died in my life today.

5). He has a message for all, and for one (disciples and Peter).

Mark 16:7
But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

He is risen means that Jesus has a message for all his disciples, and a personal message for you.

The angel told the women to give His disciples and to give Peter a message.

The message was for all, and for one; for the disciples, and for Peter.

His message to all His disciples is simple:

Mark 16:15
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

His message to Peter was that I will restore you so you can strengthen the brethren.

Luke 22:31-32
Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Father, because Jesus is risen, that personal message you have for me, please help me receive it with gladness.

6). He is on the move, leading the way.

Mark 16:7
But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

That Jesus is risen is an indication that He is on the move, leading the way.

The angel said that He was going before the disciples, He was going ahead of them.

The risen Jesus remains the greatest Leader of all times, and leads His sheep that hear His voice.

John 10:1-4
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

Father, as Jesus is risen, and is on the move, leading the way, all my days, help me hear your voice, and follow You closely.

7). He has done what He said He will do.

Mark 16:7
But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

The last point here is that He is risen means that He has done what He said He will do.

He said in Mark 14:28 that after He is risen, He will go before the disciples into Galilee.

Mark 14:28
But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.

This was exactly what happened; what He said, He did.

All that He has said concerning you, He will also do, in Jesus name.

Father, in the name of Jesus, as Jesus is risen, everything you have said over my life, please bring them to pass.

CONCLUSION

Christ has risen, so you have every reason to shout Hallelujah this season.

Finally, because Christ has risen, defeat, delay, doubt, discouragement, dashed expectations, depression, and death are over in your life, never to rise again, in Jesus name! Amen

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