“An angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and said, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here: for He has risen, as He said’” (Matt. 28:5-6)
Jesus saved His best miracle for last, in raising Himself from the dead.
It is one thing to raise others from the dead – but to raise oneself?
What else could He do to prove His divinity?
Jesus was the greatest teacher who ever lived, and, in prophecy, everything He foretold came to pass.
He fed the masses, cured the incurable (including leprosy, blindness, paralysis, deafness, muteness), cast out demons, commanded storms, walked on water, and turned water into wine.
He raised others from the dead, and then He Himself conquered death when He walked out of the tomb.
And this is just what we know about.
“But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)
It’s incredible to think that we only know a fraction of our Lord’s works.
But He knows all of ours.
Jesus says, “You will be judged by your works.” (Rev 14:13)
This is not limited to the actions themselves, or even their immediate results, but to their continued effects.
Words and deeds last longer than people imagine.
Consider how something someone said or did so long ago still resonates with you today. For better or worse, it has helped shape and mold you into the person you are now.
As this person is accountable for their words and actions, you are accountable for your response.
We are still reaping the harvest of seeds planted long ago. Some good. Some bad.
But the best is yet to come.
The Lord’s true grand finale will arrive as Christ makes His triumphant return to rid the world of sin and establish His reign.
He said He would die; He did.
He said He would rise; He did.
He said He would ascend and prepare a place for us; He has.
He said He would return and grant us new life; He will.