What an awesome truth we celebrated this past Sunday! I can’t stop thinking about it! Though the road to the cross was dark and filled with pain and His death was bloody and horrible, Jesus’ resurrection overcame it all!
Naturally, when His mother and friend came to the tomb to tend to His body and found the stone that barricaded His grave rolled away, they were not immediately elated, but were instead terrified. After so much pain, agony, and darkness, the last thing they expected was to meet an angel who would bring them good news. At best, in the midst of their grief, they may have hoped to have a peaceful time of remembrance at Jesus’ grave. And yet, in a manner consistent with the magnitude of His transforming and redeeming power, the Lord came back to life! He left the tomb empty, left His grave clothes in a pile, and met the two women on the road to share the news with them Himself. After years of false accusations and attacks by the Pharisees, Jesus overcame it all and forever brought new hope to the suffering of humankind. Though there had been good times and special moments along the road of His human journey, nothing compared to the moment He defeated sin and darkness forever. Truly, it was something only a divine Savior could have done!
Friend, though many chapters of your life are tainted by trials and pain as a result of the fall of humanity into sin, remember that new life is already yours! Despite the fact that you can’t see it yet, your troubles have been redeemed and the fullness of that completion could be revealed at any moment. Story after story has been written about the long and arduous journey to redemption. In fact, it’s why fairytales are primarily concerned with the battle of good vs. evil and the process by which goodness wins. Once the war is over, “happily ever after” comes quickly and carries with it the assumption that it goes on forever! This is your story in Jesus. Where there is no battle, there is no soul. The greater the triumph, the bigger the obstacle. Receive your reward and live in the reality of a resurrected world!