Resurrection Sunday: Three Wonderful Assurances From Jesus’ Resurrection

Today is Resurrection Sunday. ~ He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

For our final video in the Easter series, let’s consider how Jesus’ Resurrection gives us three wonderful assurances:

1. Assurance that Jesus’ sacrifice was accepted by God and sufficient to cover our sin.

He [Jesus] was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
~ Romans 4:25

How would we ever know that Jesus did indeed pay for our sins if He didn’t rise again?

His resurrection gives us the peace that God accepted His sacrifice as the payment for our sins.


2. Assurance that we who’ve trusted in Jesus will be resurrected in the last days

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
~ Matthew 27:50-53

Jesus wasn’t the only one to be resurrected at that time. Who knew? Okay, everyone who’s read the book of Matthew, but it’s still amazing.

God raised many saints back to life, pointing forward to the last days when Jesus will return for His church.

We who’ve trusted in Jesus can look forward with assurance that we’ll be raised up in the twinkling of an eye.

Our resurrected bodies will never die and never sin. Can I get an AMEN to that?!


Behold! I tell you a mystery.

We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.

For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

~ 1 Corinthians 15:51-57


3. Assurance that no matter what we’ve done, we can be restored into a right and welcome relationship with Christ

The last words Jesus may have heard from Peter before His death were, “I do not know the man!”

How could Peter expect that Jesus would ever forgive or accept him after he’d denied knowing Jesus three times?

Why should we expect Jesus to accept us after what we’ve done?

We don’t deserve grace — no one does — and yet, Jesus freely gave it to Peter. Jesus’ embracing Peter back into a right and close relationship with Him was the assurance we need that He will also accept us if we turn away from our sin and turn toward Him and surrender.

Let’s be like Peter and jump out of the boat and swim to Jesus. He’s waiting.

And He is Risen. He is risen indeed!


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Happy Palm Sunday! Join me here every day this week of Easter as we follow the footsteps of Jesus to the cross and to His resurrection. Today I read from Matthew 21:1-11. Also, check out Exodus 11-12 to read about the Passover Lamb. Jesus is our Passover Lamb, who takes away the sin of the world. (That's from John 1:29) www.JeanWilund.com

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Easter Friday: It’s Good Friday, and It is Finished!

It is finished! Today I walk us through the Gospels to the cross and the moment Jesus said, “It is finished!” and He bowed his head and gave up His spirit.

Today is Good Friday!

It’s the most important day in history because, without it, we’d still be lost in our sin — stuck in the guilt of our sin without hope of salvation.

Good Friday fulfilled the first part of our freedom from sin. Jesus’ resurrection confirmed what He accomplished on the cross. These days are inseparable.

Join me as I walk us through the Gospels and share fascinating details woven into the story that highlight the incredible details God orchestrated to bring about our salvation from sin.

I lead us from Pilate’s frustration to the agony of the cross, and the moment Jesus says, “It is finished!” and He bowed his head and gave up His spirit.

Jesus paid in full the debt our sin requires.

No one killed Jesus. He offered up His life for us. He died in our place and drank every drop of the wrath of God for our sin.

There’s nothing we could ever do to thank Jesus for what He endured for us.

Everything we do for Jesus is simply out of gratefulness and obedience.

We can’t earn our salvation. And we don’t have to, because “It is finished!”


If you missed any of the other videos, here they are:


Happy Palm Sunday! Join me here every day this week of Easter as we follow the footsteps of Jesus to the cross and to His resurrection. Today I read from Matthew 21:1-11. Also, check out Exodus 11-12 to read about the Passover Lamb. Jesus is our Passover Lamb, who takes away the sin of the world. (That's from John 1:29) www.JeanWilund.com

Palm Sunday: Jesus, Our Passover Lamb, & His Triumphal Entry


Happy Eater Monday! Join me here every day this week of Easter as we follow the footsteps of Jesus to the cross and to His resurrection. Today I read from Matthew 26:1-16 where we saw Jesus worshipped and betrayed. www.JeanWilund.com

Easter Monday: Jesus Worshipped, Jesus Betrayed. Will You Trust Him?


Easter Tuesday ~ Last Supper Warnings: Believe and Remember via www.JeanWilund.com

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Easter Wednesday: God is in Control. Always. Via www.JeanWilund.com

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Easter Tuesday ~ Last Supper Warnings: Believe and Remember

Believe and remember what Jesus has said.

This encouragement rings out in today’s reading in Matthew 26:17-35. And in John 14:1.

Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.
~ John 14:1.

As we read today’s passages in Matthew, we see clearly that God orchestrated everything.

Since the beginning of time, it’s never been man acting and God reacting.

In every section, we see Jesus basically telling His disciples, “This is going to happen . . . and this is going to happen . . . ”

Imagine if they’d believed Him. And remembered.

But then again, everything happened just as God had predetermined.

What about Us? Will we Believe?

Will we believe what God has told us so clearly in His Word?

Will we believe what He says about our hearts?

Let’s not be a Peter and declare, “I would never . . . !”

Oh, yes, we will. Our hearts are no better than his.

And let’s definitely not be a Judas.

Don’t harden your heart.

If you feel God drawing you, don’t turn away. Don’t ignore His warnings. Bow to Him in full humility and be saved.

Believe and remember what Jesus says.

Believe and remember who Jesus is. That He’s sovereign. And filled with grace and wisdom.

Let’s search the Bible and learn all we can about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

And remember. Remember it all. And obey.

If we believe and remember, our hearts will find rest, even in the midst of trouble.

Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God; Believe also in Me.
~ John 14:1 ESV





Jesus’ Last Seven Words On the Cross & What They Mean For Us Today

Jesus' Last Seven Words On the Cross and What They Mean For Us Today (via www.jeanwilund.com) #Easter #GoodFriday

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If you could control the moment you died, what would your last words be?  

Jesus controlled His. 

Let’s look at what He chose to say.

Let’s look at His last seven words on the cross and what they mean to us today.


1. Forgiveness

“Father, forgive them;
for they do not know what they are doing.”
(Luke 23:34 NASB)

Christ’s first recorded words on the cross were a prayer. But not for Himself. 

“Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing.” 

Really? They didn’t know what they were doing?

It took awhile for Christ to stumble up to Calvary in His tortured state. They had plenty of time to realize where this would end.

They drove nails through His hands and feet.

How could they not know what they were doing?

And yet . . .“Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing.”

They didn’t know because sin blinded them.

The Jewish leaders, the crowd who cried out for His crucifixion, Governor Pilate who gave the order for His death, and the Roman guards who carried out their evil desires were all blinded by sin.

If they’d truly understood what they were doing, they wouldn’t have done it.

They would’ve been too horrified.

Instead, they would’ve bowed before Jesus, not mocked, denied, and crucified Him.

What this means for us:

Like those who crucified Christ, we deny, excuse, and wink at sin. 

And just like them, we’re blind to the depths and seriousness of it.

If we saw our sin as it actually is — as God sees it — it would revolt us. We’d stay far from it. 

But we’re just as easily blinded by sin. 

Unless God opens our eyes to it, we’ll stay blind.

Ask God to help you see sin for what it is so you’ll want to stay far from its destructiveness.

Sort of like most of us wouldn’t be tempted to eat roach-filled brownies. 

Then remember how sin blinds. That way when others sin against you, even those who surely know what they’re doing, your heart will be able to forgive. Like Christ’s.

“Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” 

Because none of us truly do.


2. Salvation

“And He said to him, ‘Truly I say to you,
today you shall be with Me in Paradise.’”
~ Luke 23:43

Two criminals hung on the cross next to Christ. One spewed hate. The other admitted his guilt and asked Christ for mercy.  

Salvation only came to one that day.

The thief, who believed Jesus is exactly who He said He was, joined Christ in heaven that day. The other one doomed himself to hell by his unbelief. He had the same opportunity to believe but refused.

What this means for us:

As long as there is breath in our lungs, it’s not too late for us to choose to believe.

But we won’t have forever to make that choice.

Time ran out on the other criminal.

Don’t let time run out on you. Choose today while there’s still today. 


3. Compassion

“Dear woman, here is your son.”
John 19:26

The first three of Jesus’ last words were for other people. 

His concern, as He hung in agony, was for the forgiveness, salvation, and needs of others. 

Specifically the needs of His mother. Mary. 

We don’t know what happened to Joseph by this point. Most believe he must have died as he’s not mentioned in the Bible after Jesus was grown. 

As Jesus hung on the cross, and pain pierced His body, He focused on His mother and passed the responsibility of caring for her to His beloved disciple, John. 

What this means for us today:

Jesus showed us that much can be accomplished no matter our circumstances through great, selfless love for God and others.

It’s natural when we’re in pain to turn our thoughts inward. But studies have shown that when we turn our thoughts and actions toward serving others instead, our pain tolerance increases.

Jesus wasn’t trying to reduce His stress by His actions, but it’s not a bad benefit. 

Jesus also demonstrated the importance of always showing love to your mother.

Did you hear that, kids? Jesus said so.  


4. Anguish

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
~ Mark 15:34

When Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsake Me?” did He not understand what God was doing? 

Was He suddenly confused in His anguish? 

Absolutely not.

In all of Christ’s humanity, He never lost His deity.

When He humbled Himself and took on the physical form of man, He laid aside His rights, not His divinity.

He submitted His rights even to death on a cross, but He never lost sight of His purpose or God’s plan.

Yes, He suffered terrible anguish in His body from the agony of the cross and the flogging He endured beforehand.

He also suffered in His soul, as He carried the crushing weight of our despised sin.

But Jesus wasn’t confused. He was quoting the first verse in Psalm 22.

Psalm 22 is filled with prophecies about Him, the Messiah, the Promised Savior. Every Jewish leader listening to Him knew that psalm.

By quoting that verse, Jesus declared that Psalm 22 spoke of Him. 

Earlier in His ministry, Jesus had told the Jewish leaders that Moses wrote about Him. (John 5:46) In this one prayer, He revealed the Psalmists did as well. 

What this means for us today:

In these words, Christ settles forever the question, “Does God really love me? Do I really matter?” 

The answer is a resounding, “Yes.”

Which of us would hand over our own beloved son to be tortured and forsaken for our friends, much less our enemies?

Who among us would pour out their own fierce wrath upon their beloved only son for the sin of those who spit on him and mocked him? 

God did. (Romans 5:10)

And which of us would be willing to endure such torment for those who don’t deserve it?

Jesus was. (Hebrews 12:2)

Yes, God really loves you. 

And, yes, you really matter to Christ.


5. Suffering

“I am thirsty.”
~ John 19:28

In Christ’s humanity, His body was ready to give out. It suffered intense physical thirst.

In Psalm 22, God pointed to this moment.

“My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.”
~ Psalm 22:15

Through King David, God prophecized that Jesus would drink bitterness.

“…for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.”
~ Psalm 69:21

What this means for us today:

Man can live a long time without food, although it wouldn’t be fun. But man cannot live long without water. 

Jesus suffered agonizing physical thirst that spoke to our spiritual thirst. 

Earlier in His ministry, Jesus spoke of spiritual thirst to the Samaritan woman at the well.

He said to her, “Give Me a drink.” (John 4:7)

She was surprised by this for many reasons and was drawn into a conversation with Christ. In a way that only Jesus can do, He told her about Himself. 

“Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
John 4:13-14

We’re all created as spiritual beings. And without Christ–the Living Water–our spiritual thirst can never be quenched. And we can never truly live.

Without Him, we’ll merely survive until we die. Eternally.

With Him, rivers of living water spring up from us to eternal life, and we will never thirst again. 


6. Victory

“It is finished!”
~ John 19:30

What God begins, He finishes. Period. 

Christ accomplished our salvation. The terrible price had been paid on the cross. 

From that moment in the Garden of Eden when the crunch of rebellion was heard ‘round the world, all of heaven and earth longed to hear these three words spoken.

“It is finished!” 

Through these three final words uttered on the cross, Christ expressed what every person longs to hear.

“I love you!” 

What this means for us today:

Everything you need for salvation has already been accomplished.

All you need to do is accept Jesus’ gift of salvation. You need to do anything to earn it. No good deeds or special works.

You can’t earn it. You don’t have it in you because you’ve got sin in you instead.

Simply:

Admit you’re a natural born sinner with no hope of ever being free of your sin apart from Christ,

Believe in your heart that Jesus paid for all your sin on the cross, and

Confess Him as your Lord,

You will be saved. 

Jesus finished the work of salvation on the cross. Accept it. Receive it. Enjoy it.

“It is finished!”  


7. Joy

“Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!”
~ Luke 23:46
 

Just like Christ’s first words on the cross, His last words were a prayer to God.

In His words, we see the beauty of the perfect relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus' Last Seven Words On the Cross and What They Mean For Us Today (via www.jeanwilund.com) #Easter #GoodFridayWe also see the proof that Jesus truly gave His life. No one took it. 

His disciple Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus to the Jewish leaders. 

The leaders demanded Pilate crucify Him. 

Pilate handed Jesus over to the Roman guards. 

The Roman guards nailed Jesus to the cross. 

But no one took His life. 

Jesus chose the exact moment when He would die. 

After declaring, “It is finished,” Jesus prayed, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” 

Then He bowed His head and gave up His life. 

Scripture doesn’t say He passed away, thus His head fell forward. 

It says, “He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” ~ John 19:30

What a powerful display of Christ’s divinity. Even as He suffered the deepest agony possible, He remained sovereign over all, perfect in all His ways.

The agony was behind Him. The joy before Him. Jesus said His last words and then entered into His joy.

What this means for us today:

The Bible says it best.

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

These were Jesus’ Last Seven Words before He gave His life on the cross.
But this is not the end of the story.

Today is Friday, but Sunday’s coming!


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NOTE: Just to be clear, Jesus’ last seven words on the cross weren’t actually His “last words” because He’s never going to have “last words.” He rose from the dead and lives — and speaks — forevermore.