Resurrection Sunday

In John 10:  the Lord Jesus declared,
14 "I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,
15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. . . .
18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily.
For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again.
For this is what my Father has commanded."    (New Living Bible)

The Apostle Paul wrote this in
1 Corinthians 15:
3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me.
Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.
4 He was buried . . . .    (New Living Bible)

Jesus Christ was executed on a cross, crucified, on a Friday, roughly 2000 years ago.
But His Cross is now empty.
He died and His dead body was taken off the cross.
His dead body was hustled into a tomb before nightfall, before the beginning of the Sabbath.

The Apostle Paul continues in
1 Corinthians 15:
3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.
4 He was buried and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.    (New Living Bible)

On Sunday, when His friends went to properly prepare His body, they found something extraordinary.
The tomb where they had buried Jesus was empty.
Not only is His Cross empty, but His tomb is also empty!

Here's how Dr Luke describes Resurrection Sunday:
Luke 24
1 Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.
2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.
3 So they went in, but they didn't find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.
5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground.
Then the men asked, "Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?
6 He isn't here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee,
7 that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day."
8 Then they remembered that he had said this.
9 So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples - and everyone else - what had happened.
10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened.
11 But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn't believe it.
12 However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look.
Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.
(New Living Bible)

Before that Resurrection Sunday was over, most of Jesus' friends seen Jesus alive!
The Jesus they saw die on Friday was living and breathing again on Sunday.
They saw Him. They talked with Him. Jesus was alive!

The Lord Jesus had done what He promised in  John 10:
18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily.
For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded." (New Living Bible)

Prayer:
Wonderful Lord Jesus Christ,
thank You for laying down Your life as a sacrifice in my place when they killed You on the cross.
Thank You for being the sinless Son of God whom death could not hold.
Thank You for taking Your life back up again, so that salvation could be mine, free of charge.
Today I open my heart to receive all that You have made available to me by Your death and rising again from death.
I love You, Lord Jesus!
Hallelujah!    Amen.