HE IS RISEN
On the cross, forsaken, the Lord gave up His Spirit and He dropped His head forward and He died.
The Lord, who had walked the length and breadth of Israel preaching and teaching about the kingdom of God, healing the sick and freeing people from demons, had been rejected by Israel and condemned to a brutal and horrifying death.
He was alone. The second person of the trinity was isolated. A trial by powers and principalities was undertaken to test if there was any fault in the Son of Man.
There was not a single flaw that could be found for the Son of Man who encapsulates the absolute perfection of the Godhead and no accusation could be made against Him. He said to them, "If you have a case against Me, bring it". None was brought.
The Lord Jesus then preached the gospel to the captives in hell and led those who accepted the gift of salvation out of hell and they rose out of their graves and ascended with Him.
On the third day, He rose from the dead. As Isaiah the prophet said, He gave gifts to be distributed among the men who would believe in Him. This distribution of his mantles of gifts was a continuation of the distribution of His clothing at the foot of the cross when the Roman soldiers distributed His garments and drew lots for His mantle.
The Lord had risen indeed. Jesus, dead for three days, rose again from the dead. The grave that held him could not longer bear the death of a righteous man. The power of resurrection raised Jesus from the dead and he walked among His people for forty days. He showed them many things and then, standing on the Mount of Olives, the majestic King of Glory ascended into heaven in the sight of His disciples.
He was received into the heaven and there He was seated at the right hand of God the Father. He was made Lord and Christ for his perfect life and absolute obedience to God even unto death on a cross.
As for us, the King of Glory invites us into His kingdom of righteousness and those who accept the Lordship of the King and Christ are given the gift of salvation and are welcomed into the family of God and are given the right to become sons of God.
Praise the Lord who has the power to raise His people from the dead which he demonstrated by His own resurrection and ascension.