This Changes Everything
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most unprecedented thing in human history. Nobody expected it. Even after Jesus tried to explain it to His disciples—no one expected it.
The angel told the women at the tomb on Easter Sunday, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said” (Matthew 28:6).
In three separate texts, Matthew records Jesus instructing His disciples about His death and resurrection: Matthew 16:21:21; 17:22-23; and 20:17-19. Each time He shared that He would be raised on the third day. Still, this was such unprecedented news that His disciples just couldn’t comprehend it.
After all—no one had ever been resurrected from the dead!
Sure, Jesus has raised folks from the dead. However, these folks all died later. That was different than this. Jesus was resurrected from the dead. He was to never die again.
His resurrection from the dead has changed everything.
The power of sin has now been defeated by the death of Jesus. We can be pardoned for our sin. The power of death has now been defeated by the resurrection of Jesus. We now can face death itself without fear. It only has a temporary victory over Christians.
Paul understood the impact of the resurrection of Jesus. In his letter to the Corinthian church, he explained the meaning and import of this event in 1 Corinthians 15. Death is an enemy, Paul said. It has now been defeated (1 Corinthians 15:25-26). Christ is now the “firstfruits of those who have died” (1 Corinthians 15:20).
Paul was teaching the Corinthians (and us) that the resurrection of Jesus means that all His followers will be resurrected as well. Our future is secure in Jesus. Even though we will all die—we will all live! Death no longer holds power over Christians. We still have to face it. We still deal with the grief of it. We still acknowledge its presence. But it is no longer victorious. It has lost its sting!
You and I live in the light of the resurrection of Jesus. We die in the light of the hope of the resurrection. Our understanding of both life and death has been forever changed by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Easter Sunday is coming soon. We are Easter people. We are resurrection people.
He is not here. He has risen, just as He said. That changes everything!