After Easter: He is Still Risen
“He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!” If you stepped foot in church Easter Sunday, it is very likely you heard these words and even said them multiple times yourself. The Christian faith comes to an amazing climax at Easter time; from Maunday-Thursday to Good Friday to Resurrection Sunday, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is put on display for the world. Jesus died, and the veil was torn in two, signifying that there was no longer a separation between God and man: that we can now have a personal relationship with God if we put our trust in Him. Modern-day Christians recognize hope in the crucifixion, but to a believer of Biblical times, I am sure those three days seemed slow and disheartening.
As much as Easter is about His death and resurrection, it is just as much about Hope and The Great Commission that followed. Retired Anglican Bishop, N.T Wright said, “The resurrection completes the inauguration of God's kingdom…It is the decisive event demonstrating that God's kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven." Jesus shows us this to be true. Right after his resurrection, Jesus went right back into His ministry. He appeared to his half-brother James, Doubting Thomas, Mary Magdalene, 500 plus witnesses, and of course His disciples. He walked around the earth giving a living testimony of the work that God had done. But the message did not stop there. Matthew 28:18-20 says, “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” This is known at the Great Commission. It was Christ’s goal that His message didn’t end on the cross or at His resurrection; it was His goal that the Gospel would be taught and preached for all of time.
Easter is a great reminder of the Gospel. Just as the disciples personally received the Great Commission, modern-day Christians have the same commission as well. We are forever called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Carl F.H. Henry states it best, “The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time.” We have been given the Great Commission, in fact, we have been entrusted with it. Sadly, we tend to underestimate the power of Jesus. Jesus is Power and He has the power to empower; Through our faith, He will empower us for His calling! Heed carefully to the words of 1 Corinthians 15:56-58, “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”