As we approach Easter, my thoughts are on the Resurrection and what it actually means for you and for me. At the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, the meaning for the disciples and those who followed Him was TRUTH. They loved Him. They followed Him. They learned from Him. His death was crippling for them, to say the least. His resurrection from the dead validated the years they had spent with Him and gave them the ability to spread the Gospel all over the world. His resurrection made sense of all that He had said.
But, what does it mean for you and for me today?
In Matthew 28:20, “…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Because He lives, we are never alone. As I type those words, an old hymn rings in the recesses of my memory, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living, just because He lives.” In 1933 the hymn was composed by Alfred Henry Ackley and depicts what weighs on my mind today. The resurrection of Jesus Christ gave to us a future, free of fear. It gave to us hope for tomorrow. It made life worth living. We have a living friend in Jesus Christ, an instructor of life, a mentor, and a companion. We have a Savior, Healer, Redeemer, and Advocate to the Father.
I’ve guided many tours to the Holy Land. There is nothing like walking where Jesus walked and taking in all the history and realizing the Truths of the Bible. On one particular trip, I heard a joke which stuck with me. A man and his wife wanted to visit the Holy Land. The wife longed to take her aging father as well. The man felt apprehensive because he did not enjoy his father in ‘law, but nevertheless, agreed. While in the Holy Land, his father suffered a heart attack and died. The two sought advice as to what they should do with his body. The cost to return him to the United States for burial would be $1500.00. The cost to bury him in the Holy Land would be $150.00. The man jumped at the opportunity, “We will take him home!” The shocked expression of those around him prompted an explanation, “2000 years ago, a man was buried here, and He came back. I’m not taking the chance!”
John 14:1, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”
Jesus LIVES…how incredible for us today to understand that the depth with which He suffered gives us the ability to live as never before. His tremendous teachings didn’t end at the Cross. His healings didn’t end at the Cross. His favor didn’t end at the Cross. His provision didn’t end at the Cross. His forgiveness didn’t end at the Cross. On the contrary, it began for you and for me when He walked out of the tomb.
The Resurrection means for us today that we serve a Living God, a God Who suffered and died for us, a God Who will never leave us or forsake us. We serve a Risen Lord.