After Jesus died on the cross, Joseph and Nicodemus (two men who loved Jesus very much) took Jesus’ body from the cross to bury Him. Joseph gave Jesus the tomb (grave) and all the Christians were very sad because Jesus was dead. The disciples loved Jesus very much and now He was dead. They thought all hope was ended and they gave up following Jesus. Some of the disciples started to return home. They were sad and disappointed because Jesus was dead. He died on the Cross. On the third day after Jesus died, there was a great earthquake and the angel of the Lord came from Heaven and rolled away the stone at the tomb. The angel told Mary Magdalene and others, “Fear not…He is not here: for he is risen.” Jesus did not stay dead. He was alive again. The disciples were not sad any more because Jesus was alive. He arose from the grave. Jesus is the Son of God.
Trust Jesus for the Future – Today some people say that Jesus is dead. This is wrong. Jesus is alive and He arose from the grave. He said, “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive forevermore…” (Revelation 1:18). Many Christians are sad because they worry about the future. This is wrong. Christians need to rejoice that Jesus is not dead. He arose from the grave and promises a wonderful future life to all Christians. No matter what happens, learn to trust the Lord!
What Does Resurrection Mean? – Resurrection means that Jesus did not stay dead but that Jesus arose from the grave and He is alive today. Do you have loved ones who were Christians and now they are dead? Because Jesus arose from the grave, one day all the Christians will arise from the graves, “The dead in Christ shall rise” [I Thessalonians 4:16]. One day all saved people who have died will follow in the steps of Jesus. Because Jesus arose from the grave, Christians will also arise from the grave. When a dog dies, it is dead. The dog will not live again. But when a person dies, he does not stay in the body. The body is, put into a grave, but the true person (the soul) goes either to Heaven or Hell. One day in the future the body of that person will be resurrected. All people in Christ will be resurrected when Jesus comes again (I Thessalonians 4:14-18). All saved people will see their saved loved ones and their saved friends who have died. David said, after his son had died, “I shall go to him. but he shall not return to me” [2 Samuel 12:23]. This is a promise that God has made provision for the children to be safe. Babies are now in Heaven. When Christians die, they go to be with the Lord. “Absent from the body (death) … present with the Lord (in Heaven)” [2 Corinthians 5:8]. Once you are saved you are no longer alone. The Lord is with you at all times, even at death and forever more. One day we will be together forever. “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). As a Christian you should not be troubled about the future and death. Just trust in the promises of the Lord. No matter what happens learn to trust God. Bad things can happen to godly people. There will be times of heartaches and troubles but trust God. God can make even the bad things become good for the Child of God (Romans 8:28). Stop trying to work things out yourself and start trusting God to do all things for you. Trust and depend upon the Lord. He will help you.