“He rose as he said,” we sing in the Easter salutation. Yes, he predicted that he would be killed; he would die and rise again from the dead. Yes, he did it. That is history. How he did it is a mystery. For a person who believes in God, His almighty power, His plan of salvation for his people, God fulfilled that promise in the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We say in the Nicene Creed that for us and for our salvation he became man, died and was buried and rose again from the dead. It is this whole process that made us rejoice at Easter. This is the central fact of Christianity and firm foundation of our faith. If Christ has not been raised from the dead then our preaching is useless and your believing is useless. (1Cor. 15:14) But He has risen. When we meditate with the open gospel step by step, through the course of the long drawn out passion, death and resurrection of our Savior, we are compelled to say with the Centurion who stood at the foot of the cross, “In truth this was the son of God.”(Mt.17:54)
This fact of the resurrection hit the eleven apostles and hearers of the word right in the center of their being and produced a tremendous internal resolution. Cowardly men became heroes with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit ready to face kings and tyrants in different countries and shed their blood for the faith which they preached. The resurrection of the Lord on Sunday produced such an impact on the first Christians that they changed the Holy Sabbath day of the Lord from Saturday to Sunday. It is our privilege, and honor and glory to God that most people of the world observe Sunday as a holy day or at least as a holiday. Let us not forget that it is a holy day, made holy by the resurrection of the Lord. ALLELUIA.