PASTOR'S PEN: He made sure He rose

By Rev. Joe C. Washington

Christ Community Church

There are certain things we make sure we take care of in this life. We make sure we lock our doors and we make sure we have our keys before we leave home. When we travel, we make sure we take extra clothes and additional money for emergencies. When we plan activities, we make sure we cover anything and everything which may occur. Regardless of our desire to make sure of certain things in this life, none compare to the fact that Jesus made sure He rose from the grave to give all of us a right to spend eternity with God in Heaven. During Easter, Christians around the world make sure we remember the death and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord savior Jesus Christ as the events of Jesus Christ's death has special meaning and significance to our Christian walk.

During this week we should remember Matthew 27:62-66. "Now the next day, that followed the day of preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, sir, we remember that this deceiver said, while he was yet alive, after three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulcher be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead, so last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch, go your way, make it as sure as you can. So they went, and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone and setting a watch."

In this text we find the chief priests and Pharisees petitioning the Roman governor Pilate to make sure the tomb was sealed and secure until the third day so Jesus Christ would not rise from the grave. These overzealous unbelievers and hypocrites sought to make sure Jesus Christ would never again challenge their legalistic and worldly human traditions by having the Roman government crucify him, sealing the tomb with a huge stone and setting a human watch to guard the tomb. Although the Pharisees, Sadducees and chief priests sought to stop the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they were no match for an almighty God who works and manifests His wondrous power in the supernatural while man deals with the natural.

In other words, human actions or plans cannot stop God's plans. After the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:15 records the eternal plan and promise of God which was to come through the seed of a woman and bruise the head of Satan. The fulfillment of God’s eternal plan of salvation for mankind through His only begotten son, Jesus Christ is revealed in John 3:16-17.

Although the death of Jesus is significant for our redemption and deliverance from sin, I Corinthians 15:15-26 reveals why Jesus Christ our lord and savior made sure He rose from the grave on Easter Sunday morning. Jesus Christ made sure He rose so we would:

  • Not be found as false witnesses of God
  • Not be miserable as men without any hope
  • Not remain in our sins
  • Be raised with Him in the last days
  • Not have preached in vain
  • Be delivered to the kingdom of God
  • Have dominion over the last enemy which isdeath
  • Have eternal life with God the Father

As we celebrate Easter this year, we should continue to meditate and search the scriptures for more reasons why Jesus Christ made sure He rose.