He Is Risen: Resurrection According to Bible

November 21, 2022

Alberta Vadnais

Alberta Vadnais

Author & Non-profit Consultant

Alberta Vadnais

Alberta Vadnais

I love finding ways to feel God in my day, whether I’m going to work or cooking dinner. I make sure I’m connected to Him by listening to Bible stories, sermons, praying, and singing praise songs. All the apps I test are introduced into my everyday life so that I can feel their usability on a daily basis.

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The expression “He is risen means “restored from death, ascended into glory.” and is used in the Bible by apostle Matthew (Matthew 28:6

For us, the fact that Jesus is risen means that He is not held by death. He is alive and has been elevated to the seat of highest glory so that like Him, everyone that believes in Him will also be released from the shackles of death and sin and will live again in Him.

The day of Resurrection according to the Bible

Imagine the despair in the heart of Jesus’ disciples after His death. The man in whom they had so much hope that they gave up their livelihoods and left their homes for was dead. Imagine the feeling of loss for someone who was their master, their Raboni, and their everything.

As Mary and the others went to the tomb that morning, it seemed surreal to them that a man so invincible could be dead, but it was the third day already and the last time they checked, He was still in the tomb.

They reached the tomb and all of a sudden, bright lights! Angels! and the message: “He is not here, He is Risen!” How their spirits must have soared!

To an ordinary person, the words ‘He is Risen’ might mean just anything, but to the disciples at that point, and to us now, they are a constant beam of hope in the thick darkness that surrounds us. 

We know that because Jesus said in John 11:25;

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,” And 1 Cor. 6:14 says,

“And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.”  

Also, according to Rom 6:9;

“We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him”

Whether it was yesterday, today, or even a thousand years from now, our Lord is still alive! He’s still seated in glory! He’s still Lord over death! Hallelujah!

Significance of Christ's Resurrection and Ascension

The key meaning of the words “He Is Risen” is not just the fact that Jesus resurrected but also that He ascended.

Take a look at Matthew 28: 5-8 where the words were used;

Matt.28.5 – But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

28.6 – He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

28.7 – And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

28.8 – So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.”

(New King James Version)

What does this mean for the modern day Christian? How can we translate what happened on the resurrection day to the realities of an average believer? 

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is symbolic of a new life for those who believe in Him. The repercussions of this event for the believer includes:

  • He is Risen so we are confident

The angels had to announce to Mary and the others that Jesus had resurrected because if they hadn’t, they might have thought that the people that put Jesus to death also confiscated His body. To further drive doubt from the minds of His disciples like Thomas, Jesus also appeared to them multiple times. This is our confidence that our Redeemer lives.

  • He is risen and we rose with Him

Jesus, when He died, went to hell but following the divine plan. God raised Him (“And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit.” Rom. 1:4).

 As a result of this, we have freedom from sin and death. We can live above the slavery of sin.

So the next time you feel down because of sins that you might have fallen into, remember your Savior rose and you have risen likewise.

  • He is Risen so we have hope

“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces.” Isaiah 25:8

 In our worries and problems, Christ’s resurrection gives us the boldness that God will work everything out. Even if our lives seem full of troubles, because Jesus is risen, we have the hope of eternal life.

  • He is Risen, so we have the Holy Spirit

While He was ascending, Jesus also reminded us that if He didn’t ascend, He wouldn’t be able to send us the Holy Spirit. He didn’t leave us all alone but gave us a Comforter, a Teacher, and a precious gift. The Holy Spirit is Christ’s spirit living in us. That’s the perfect set up for us to fullfill destiny. 

  • He is Risen so we have power over all creation

 He ascended so He could be seated at God’s right hand far above every principality. And guess what? We’re seated alongside Him!

 (Phil 1:20-22) 

Therefore, we have the power to command circumstances and forces of nature including the devil.

  • He is Risen so He intercedes for us

Romans 8:34 says, “Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” In hard times, there could be nothing more reassuring than the fact that Jesus  loves us so much that He Himself is praying and rooting for us.

To communicate with our best friend and Lord Jesus this season, here are some prayers that could help guide you. Feel free to insert your own words so as to speak your heart fully and truly to Him.

Final Thoughts

In the days leading to Easter, plays are put up, movies that portray the passion of Christ are played, and scriptures that tell of the way leading to the cross are usually reflected upon. Why? To help us understand how much Jesus really endured on the cross. And when we remember the path our Lord Jesus had to take for our salvation, we can’t help but be flooded with emotions like sadness, solemnity, and gratitude.

At Easter, however, and every other day we must rejoice that He is Risen because as painful and gruesome as His death was, His resurrection and ascension are the wrapping and mailing of the gift that salvation is. That is our joy everlasting! Salvation wouldn’t be complete without it.

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Prayer of Reminiscing the Resurrection Day

Thank you Lord for conquering death. Thank you for rising on the third day. Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for teaching us how to love unconditionally. Thank you for your unfailing love. Lord, today we celebrate that YOU ARE ALIVE! Thank you for writing the greatest love story ever. We offer all of this as a sacrifice of praise in your precious name, Amen.

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