On Easter Sunday, Rev. Margaret Minnicks, associate minister of New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia preached at First Union Baptist Church, also in Richmond. She preached about "The Reality of the Resurrection" based on Matthew 28:1-10 with special emphasis on Matthew 28:6 that reads, "He is not here. He is risen. Just as He said."
After a brief introduction about Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, being the most holy day in Christianity, Rev. Minnicks explained how our salvation is based on our belief that Jesus died and God raised Him from the dead on the third day.
The associate minister emphasized that the resurrection had to happened before it was God's divine plan for our salvation and redemption. Because God is orderly, Jesus' resurrection took place in the order in which God had planned it. His death, burial, and resurrection were all prophesied in the Old Testament through the prophets; however, the fulfillment came in the Gospels in the New Testament.
Throughout the sermon, Rev. Minnicks emphasized that the resurrection teaches us that God raised Jesus from the dead, and our salvation is based on that belief according to Romans 10:9 that says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
Jesus even predicted His own death and His own resurrection. Jesus said He would die and be raised from the dead in three days. Many times Jesus told His disciples precisely what would happen. Because Jesus fulfilled His promise about His own resurrection, we can be confident that Jesus is a promise keeper. Since He kept that promise, He will keep other promises too.
According Rev. Minnicks, we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus. Mary Magdalene saw Him in the garden after His resurrection. Thomas was told to put his fingers in the holes in Jesus' hand and in his pierced side. Jesus ate fish with His disciples on the beach after His resurrection. At another time He ate with His disciples in the upper room. The resurrection of Jesus is the Christian witness to the world since Jesus did appear to over 500 people after His resurrection.
When we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we are also celebrating our own resurrection from the dead. The reality of the resurrection is simple for those who have faith to believe. While Jesus was alive he was only accessible only to those in His midst. He had to die and be raised from the dead so He could be in the heart of every Christian.
Believe, therefore, on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. "He is not here. He is risen. Just as He said."