He is not here, He is risen! What beautiful words these are. Jesus Christ conquered over sin and because He is alive, we too have life.
Yes, He endured unimaginable suffering which all of us deserved instead. It was Love itself that caused Him to come down from glory and take on the form of man. It was Love itself that caused Him to make Himself a little lower than the angels and dwell amongst us. It was Love that caused Him to go out amongst the people, heal the sick, raise the dead, give hope to the hopeless and love the unlovable.
Love wept in the garden. Love endured the shame and suffering of a false arrest, a fixed trial, torture and a heavy cross. Love kept Jesus on that cross suspended between Heaven and Earth as He was ridiculed and despised and suffered unbelievable agony and pain. It was just not physical pain which He suffered. We often forget that.
This is what Love did for us but... He did not stay in the grave. This was more than just simply being resurrected back into His own body. He was transformed, overcoming the flesh and He is alive for evermore and... we shall one day be transformed as well.
O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55
He is risen! HE IS RISEN INDEED!!!!!
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