“‘He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.
Come see the place where the Lord lay.”
Where wasn’t Jesus? He wasn’t in the grave!
But didn’t Jesus Christ die on the cross? Didn’t they put His body in a tomb and seal it with a big stone? Weren’t there guards placed by the tomb? Yes! Yes! Yes!
But “With God, all things are possible!”
Jesus, Yeshua in Hebrew, died as the Passover Lamb on the feast of Passover. But do you know what happened on the third day, on the feast the LORD called Firstfruits? (Lev 23:9-14) (I know people call it ‘Easter’, but I prefer to call it what the LORD called it: FIRSTFRUITS!”)
Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the Feast of FIRSTFRUITS! Oh, miracle of miracles!
That’s why an angel at the grave told the women:
“‘He is not here; for He is risen!”
Not in the tomb? Risen? Risen? Risen! What glorious news! Jesus was alive! He was resurrected!
All the disciples were overjoyed when they heard that Jesus Christ was alive! But then they actually saw Him alive!!! Do you think only a few people saw the resurrected Jesus Christ? Only eleven apostles? No! Over 500 people saw Jesus soon after He arose from the dead. Over 500! Wow! Good news!
But the news gets even better! What could be better?! Jesus Christ was the “FIRSTFRUITS of those who died”!!! Wait till you hear what that means for YOU!
“I AM the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live…” (John 11:25)
Well, when Jesus appeared to people in His new resurrected body, He certainly proved that statement! But Jesus further made a promise that if we believe in Him, even if our body dies, we will live. Can He really raise us from the dead? Yes, He can!
When Jesus walked on earth He did bring other people back from the dead. But they still had bodies that were much like their bodies that had died. To bring those people back to life, it seems God healed their old bodies and put the breath of life back into them. Have you ever met a person, that was dead and God snatched them away from death and brought them back to life? Granny Vee has! This is a miracle and sometimes God still does this.
But in those cases, as miraculous as they are, those raised from the dead don’t have the new and improved body like Jesus had when He was resurrected.
In Jesus’ new resurrected body, He could just suddenly appear seemingly out of nowhere. (Luke 24:36) Yet He could still eat. (Luke 24:43) Sometimes He was not at first recognized, but then He was. (Luke 24:31; Matthew 16:12)
We know little from the Bible about this new special ‘spiritual’ body, but we do know that it will never get sick and never die! (1 Cor 15:42) Jesus Christ was the FIRST person with this special ‘spiritual’ body. So He is called the “FIRSTFRUITS“!
“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have died.” (1 Cor 15:20)
God promises believers that “in Christ shall ALL be made alive!” (1 Cor 15:23)
So someday, when Jesus comes back (1 Thes 4:17), we will all get a new resurrected body like Jesus Christ’s. (1 Cor 15:49) After all, we can’t live in heaven without bodies made for heaven! (1 Cor 15:50) The bodies we have now couldn’t live in heaven. A deep-sea diver cannot deep-sea dive without a special deep-sea diving suit. An astronaut must wear a space suit. Our current bodies are bodies God designed for this earth. Our resurrected ‘spiritual’ bodies God designed for heaven as well!
So Our Father God has a wonderful plan for those who love Him that is so good, so fantastic, that we cannot even imagine it! (Eph 3:20) However, we can be absolutely sure of this promise because Jesus Christ already arose the FIRSTFRUITS from the dead! “With God, all things are possible!” (Matthew 19:26b) Well, I’ll be dazzled! HalleluYAH!