Easter: Celebrating the Resurrection of Christ

This Easter season, we rejoice in the glorious truth of Christ’s resurrection! As the Gospel of Matthew proclaims, “He is risen!” (Matthew 28:6).

While the events leading to Christ’s crucifixion, remembered during Lent, may appear driven by human actions, the truth lies deeper. Centuries before His arrival, Isaiah already prophesied His sacrificial role as humanity’s saviour (Isaiah 53).

The sorrow of Good Friday gives way to the immense joy of the third day, marked by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

A doubter’s question

Is Jesus really resurrected?

Evidence of the resurrection

Prophecy fulfilled:

Jesus Himself prophesied His death and resurrection. He said to His disciples, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”  (Mk 9:31)

Secured tomb: 

The Romans were not worried about Jesus’ prophecy because they thought it as impossible. Nevertheless, they were worried that Jesus’ disciples would steal His body and then claim that He was resurrected. Therefore, they had the tomb thoroughly secured with a large and heavy stone blocking its entrance and with soldiers stationed to guard it.

Empty Tomb:

Mary Magdalene discovered the tomb empty on the first day of the week. (John 20:1)

Question for doubters: Who could have removed the heavy stone at the entrance especially with the soldiers guarding it?

Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18):

Looking into the tomb, Mary saw two angels. Then she saw Jesus who greeted her by name.

Jesus’ appearance to His disciples (John 20:19-20):

The disciples were behind locked doors, still fearing that the Jewish authorities would seek them out. Jesus passed through the door and stood among them, showing the power of His new resurrection body; yet, He was not a ghost because His body was still touchable with flesh and bones. (Luke 24:39)

The disciples’ initial fear was immediately overcome by joy.

Jesus’ appearance to Thomas (John 20:24-29):

Jesus challenged Thomas to stop doubting and believe. After having been convinced about the resurrected Christ, Thomas exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Question for us all: Are we among the blessed who have not seen and yet have believed?

Purpose of John’s Gospel (John 20:30-31)

John explained His purpose in writing this Gospel.

“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”


Read Paul’s message on the resurrection of Christ. (1 Cor 15:1-10)

The resurrection of Christ compels us to face up to the truth about His divinity as the Bible proclaims and hence the confidence we have of our eternal destiny.

Just as the penitent criminal on the cross beside Jesus received assurance of salvation through faith (Luke 23:39-43), all who believe in Jesus have the promise of eternal life. (John 3:16)

This Easter season, let the reality of Christ’s resurrection strengthen our faith, deepen our hope, and guide us on our spiritual journey.

John Lee

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