He’s Not There!

“He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” – Matthew 28:6

During the time of the early Church, when one believer would greet another, he would say “He is risen!”  And the other believer would respond “He is risen, indeed!”  I’d love to see that brought back to the present day;  and if not every time we greet our fellow believer, at the very least, on this Easter weekend.

Jesus_Christianity_2I hope, before this weekend is over, that you’ll allow yourselves a few minutes to think about those words; “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said…”  Though we often can’t trust the word of our fellow human beings, we know we can trust our Savior.  He told His disciples, and thereby us, that He would rise out of that tomb.  And praise the Lord, that’s what He did!  His resurrection guaranteed not only our Salvation, but our eventual resurrection with new, glorified bodies one day.

I can’t help but think, too, about the very last part of this verse.  “Come…see the place where the Lord lay.”   That’s past tense!

Other religions can take you to a place where their “god” or hero has been buried; they can proudly take you to a burial place where that man’s bones have been resting for many, many years.  And are still resting.  And will continue to rest till the final day when God brings up those who don’t know Him out of their graves for the final judgment.  But as Believers, we only have a place where He was…He’s no longer there!  I don’t know about you, but that is just a mind-boggling concept!  And yet, a very real one!

Amidst the ever increasing chaos and confusion that is the world system; where things change in a heartbeat, and so very little we hear and see can be trusted,  what an incredible truth we have, as Believers, to take hold of;  that He was willing to leave the glory of Heaven and take on human flesh; that He was willing to take the penalty for sin that was ours through the brutal and horrific death of the cross; and most of all…that He came out of that tomb, as He promised He would, to ever live and make intercession on our behalf to the Father.

He is risen, Saints!  He is risen, indeed! 

Woodrow Wilcox


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Paula Dagnel is a ‘transplanted Texan,’ now residing in NC. A mother of two daughters, and grandmother of five. She writes poetry, and has had her work invited into a book entitled ‘Eyes of the Poet: Love and Passion in Lasting Splendor.” She feels keenly the importance of speaking out now, while the First Amendment still applies.
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