“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, Saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” LUKE 24:5-7
The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is a non-negotiable and foundational tenet of Christianity. The historical record is open for investigation; and, the evidence provided in eyewitness testimony documents the facts.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” JOHN 3:16
Commonly called Maundy Thursday, Christians worldwide use the day to prepare their hearts for the commemoration of the most decisive day in history—Good Friday.
As Jesus and the disciples proceeded to Jerusalem, followers began attaching themselves to the company. By the time they reached Bethany at the crest of the Mount of Olives, an eager throng surrounded them.
Even as He journeyed toward Jerusalem, a contingency of sympathetic religious leaders intercepted Jesus’ company warning: “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.” Jesus calmly assured them that Herod had no ability to affect His plans. He would continue toward Jerusalem undeterred.
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee?
As the prophet Isaiah predicted, Jesus was taken down from the cross and placed in a rich man’s grave close to the crucifixion site near Golgotha.
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.