|ANCHOR DEVOTIONAL - JESUS AROSE FOR US
“He [Jesus] was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25).
At dawn on the first day of the week, two women visited Jesus’ tomb. They expected to anoint Jesus’ body with spices, but they encountered what they had not expected. The tomb was empty. Jesus had risen, and an angel was sitting on the stone he had rolled away from the mouth of the tomb.
Those who guarded the tomb were petrified, and the arriving women must have been very afraid too. However, the angel told them not to fear because Jesus had risen, just as He had promised.
The empty tomb stands as a testimonial to the deity of Jesus Christ. No mere mortal could rise from the dead. It also serves as evidence that God accepted Jesus’ payment for our sins on the cross. By shedding His blood for us Jesus gained our right standing in God’s sight. God sees us now as eternally forgiven and righteous in Christ.
No religion can claim a risen founder, but Christianity is different. Christians rest their faith on a Savior who died and rose again. An empty tomb provides proof that we too shall live.