Two thousand years ago, on the early dawn of the Day of Firstfruits, a Jewish carpenter-rabbi came back from the dead after having been nailed to a Roman cross days earlier on Passover. As he hung dying, a sign above his head read: “THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
As he stood before Pilate the governor, Yeshua/Jesus affirmed this charge. He is the Messiah/Anointed One, and his arrival and purpose were foretold in great detail centuries earlier. His resurrection confirmed his identity. If he had remained dead, his life, his ministry and his claim of being echad/one with the Father/God would be fraudulent.
Whatever you call today—Firstfruits, Resurrection Day, Easter, or just another Sunday—it is the anniversary of one of the most significant days that has ever occurred. The truth of the resurrection changes everything. Has it changed you? What kingdom do you live in? We all serve something or someone. If you haven’t transferred your loyalty to the King of Kings, why not today?
Christ Resurrected by Peter Paul Rubens c.1616
"Of the four major world religions built on personalities, only Christianity claims its founder is still alive, having overcome death through resurrection. No Jew ever believed that, after Abraham died and was interred, his tomb ever became empty. After Buddha died, no disciple ever claimed that he or she saw or spoke to him again.
"While there are skeptics of the biblical account of Jesus, there’s actually far more reliable historical evidence for his life, teachings, miracles, death, and resurrection than for any other historical figure of ancient times. Consider, for instance, that the authenticity of Alexander the Great, who was born some 350 years before Christ, is based on two original biographical accounts of his life by Arrian and Plutarch, which were written some 400 years after Alexander died." -- Scott Powell, senior fellow at Discovery Institute
Read Powell's full article "Jesus Christ’s Resurrection Is Probably The Best-Documented Historical Event Ever" HERE
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” - John 11:25-26
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..." - I Peter 1:3