“He is not here, but is risen!” Lk 24:6 NKJV
Jesus, the founder of Christianity, was the only man capable of making an appointment beyond the grave and showing up to keep it. He told His disciples, “After I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee” (Mt 26:32 NKJV). And He did. If you visit the graves of those who founded the great religions of the world you will find that they are still occupied. But if you visit the grave where they laid Jesus, you will find it is empty and the words of the angel are still echoing, “He is not here, but is risen!” Those words turn every believer’s burial into a celebration. Jesus promised, “Because I live, you will live also” (Jn 14:19 NKJV). Eventually you will die of something; the question is, how can you die right? There are two ways to do that:
(1) By preparing in advance. It was a truly human tombstone that bore the inscription, “I expected this, but not just yet.” Here’s how you prepare for death. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Ro 10:9 NKJV). (2) By fulfilling your life’s assignment. Jesus said, “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do“ (Jn 17:4 NKJV). In the final audit you will stand before God and He will ask you, “What did you do with the treasure and talents I gave you? How well did you fulfill your assignment on earth?” In that moment nothing will be more important than how you answer that question.