When General Douglas MacArthur left the Philippines in the early part of World War II, he made a short speech: "I will return." Later on in the war, he came back to the Philippines in victory. Cameras recorded his wading ashore. He made another speech: "I have returned." The first speech would have been worthless without the second, which gave it force and meaning. So Jesus promised to rise from the dead. How hollow that would sound if He had not come back from the dead. But what a note of victory it sounds now that He is risen!