Matthew 28:6 reads, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
This time of the year, I can’t help but meditate on the wonderful work of our Savior, Jesus Christ. His birth, His life, His death and most importantly His resurrection. Because if He did not get up, everything else would almost be meaningless. Because of Him I have been made free. And if you have made Him Lord of your life, LORD OVER ALL, you have been made free, as well! And I love made free as my husband and pastor teaches… because if you’re set free, you can be caught again…. But Hallelujah, if you’re made free, SIN can’t hold you, death can’t hold you. Nothing can hold you, no matter where you are.
But as I have been meditating on Easter and the cross and the sacrifice and just the love of God, these words marinate in my spirit. HE IS NOT HERE… HE HAS RISEN, JUST AS HE SAID.
And I am reminded of a song (and actually a word I shared some time ago about this) and the song is by Donald Lawrence, and it’s called simply, Matthew 28. And as I was listening to the song, there is a part where Donald Lawrence says repeatedly, He is not here… He is not here… He is not here! And then he slowly says ‘For He has risen… just as He said.’ And it grabbed me. And my spirit leaped at the revelation. He is not here. He has risen just as He said He would.
And as those words rang over and over in my ear, I could hear God saying, that we can take Him at His Word. If Jesus has spoken something to us, He will do exactly what He said. HE IS NOT HERE… HE HAS RISEN, JUST AS HE SAID.
I am reminded of when Jesus saw the faith of the woman that touched the hem of His garment, HE SAID, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that very hour, the Scripture says. JUST AS HE SAID.
And when the ruler came to Jesus and told Him that his daughter was dead, Jesus told him, Believe only. And when Jesus arrived at his house, the Scripture says that after Jesus told the people to make room, for the girl is not dead but sleeps, they laughed Him to scorn. BUT when He went in the house and took the little girl by the hand, she got up. JUST AS HE SAID. She was sleeping. Just like He said she was.
At Passover time, Jesus told the disciples to go into town and there they will find a donkey, tied, which they were to unloose and bring to Him. And when the disciples got there, they found the donkey, JUST AS HE SAID.
He said that one of His disciples would betray Him and it happened JUST AS HE SAID. That before the cock crowed, Peter would deny Him THREE times. JUST AS HE SAID.
He said that they would destroy His temple, but in three days He would rise again. And He did! Just like He said He would!
He is not here… He has risen, just as He said.
And I want you to get this in your spirit, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. So hear this over and over and over again. He is not here.. He has risen, JUST AS HE SAID.
If He has told you that by His stripes you are healed, you are healed. Just as He said. Take Him at His Word! If He told you that He shall supply all your need, He will supply it. Just as He said. If He told you that you are the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath, that no weapon formed against you shall prosper, you are and it won’t happen. Just as He said.
Take Him at His Word.
God is real. We simply have to believe Him.
A servant of the Lord,