In the midst of the world shutting down, I’ve craved encouragement and optimism. It’s so easy to fall into a “dooms day” mentality that gets darker and darker the more I fester and complain. But, that is not productive, it’s not useful, and it’s certainly not edifying.
The greatest source of encouragement to me is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And this Easter, I am SO EXCITED to tell you why!
I’ve found the certainty and joy in the news that He is Risen is unparalleled by any false security this world offers. Jesus lived, and He died, but death did not have the final say. Indeed, “death has been swallowed up in victory (I Corinthians 15:54).”!!!
I believe that the resurrection changed the trajectory of the human history. The fall of man in the Garden of Eden put us on a path headed to death, despair, and worse, eternal separation from our Creator. Sin is something that a lot of people (myself included) see in themselves, and that almost everyone sees in the world. Thankfully, that’s not where the story ends. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love which he loved us, even when we were death in our trespasses, made us alive tougher with Christ—by grace you have be saved (Ephesians 2: 4-5).” His victory is ours too!
“Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)”
The resurrection is literally the difference between life and death for Jesus obviously, but also for everyone else. The price of sin was paid on the cross because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), but the grave could not hold our God (Acts 2:24).
When Christ conquered death, the power of sin was defeated once and for all. He ROSE and that is cause for celebration. Indeed, we may rejoice the glimpse of Glory revealed by the empty grave.
Death no longer has a hold on us. And this virus will not either. This life is temporary, and so too is the quarantine. We need not descend into the pit in these strange times, though it seems tempting. In fact, we are invited to dance in the sun for we have a hope that surpasses all else. A hope that encourages us to rise, rejoice, and refocus on the life and Glory that is to come. One that we can all experience when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, surrender our hearts to Him, and marvel in His good work.