The Fact of the Resurrection
O Lord God, our Redeemer and Comforter—on this day that we celebrate the resurrection of Your dear Son, Jesus, we come into Your presence with great joy! We thank You for the precious promises of forgiveness and life everlasting that flow from the atoning work of Your Son. We pray that Your Spirit might open our hearts and minds to Your divine instruction, so that we might grow in grace and in the knowledge of Your truths, for then we will be better able to serve You with faithfulness. It is in the name of our risen Savior that we pray. Amen.
Matthew’s Easter account emphasizes the presence and message of the angels: Jesus had arisen! Rejoice!
Many people in Paul’s day, even as in our own day, deny the possibility of the resurrection from the dead. If there is not resurrection from the dead, then Christ is not risen. If Christ is not risen, then our faith is empty. Christ, however, did arise validating both our faith and our confession!