Our Mass prep question (posted on April 14th for that Sunday), is a question that many have been discussing. What does it mean to live knowing that Jesus is risen?
The Nicene Creed, (that we discussed here), states the following about Jesus:
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
Jesus “rose again on the third day” and is “seated at the right hand of the Father.” Jesus is beside the Father, a constant reminder of His sacrifice for us. Satan may try to twist the truth about us and speak evilly of us; yet, Jesus is right there, telling God the truth about us—showing compassion toward our plight, commanding His angels to help us, and reminding the Father of His sacrifice for our sake.
Living our lives knowing that Jesus is risen—knowing of His sacrifice for us—means that I can walk in faith knowing that He is watching over me, He “has my back.” This knowledge helps me to walk boldly in my faith, to speak The Truth of The Gospel, and to lean on Him.
Jesus is our Savior. He did not just die for us; He rose for us as well. He defeated death and sin and evil. Jesus paved a way for us to be forgiven and for us to have eternal life. May we strive to be worthy of it.