What a wonderful truth! Today our calendars read Easter Sunday but I’m more prone to calling it Resurrection Sunday in celebration of the risen Lord. I am the resurrection and the life! Every fiber of my being waiting with anticipation of meeting the son of man who looked death in the face and smiled. The promise of the one who scripture foretold of this very day “For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption” Ps. 16:10. The worms will not feast tonight on the carcass of man, the dirt will not conceal the one who was crucified and the tomb will not be occupied today.
Where will you be on this day? Have we examined ourselves enough that our assurance of eternity is secure? How can we be so certain? Can there truly be life after death? The answers to these and so many thought-provoking questions have been confirmed when Jesus rose on the third day. There is another who understood this revelation, the man Lazarus. Jesus was confronted with the horrific news of his death. Martha was besides herself and Mary distraught with tears, yet their response to this tragedy was faith in action. They take him to the tomb, Jesus weeps, but the life that was taken would soon experience life again. “Lazarus come, out!” The command was heard beyond the grave and the man who once was dead, now has experienced resurrection power.
“It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder, let alone resurrection wonder, to another. It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, to circumvent expectations and assumptions. Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up. It requires some sense of being there and some sense of engagement.”
― Eugene H. Peterson
As we go on the day, filled with Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies and buffet style dinners, let’s take the time to acknowledge the accomplishment of what He did. In wonderous awe do we stand in His presence knowing that death has been swallowed up in victory. I want to the know the power of his resurrection (Phil. 3:10), knowing our old self has been crucified (Rom.6:6), we can live out this redeemed body by grace. Because He lives I can face tomorrow and nothing can stop me from attaining this unspeakable joy. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3
Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!