On this day we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and his victory over sin and death. His suffering and death on the cross, battle against Satan, death, and hell, and ultimate victory over the grave is the single most astonishing feat in mankind’s history.
Here nearly 2000 years later, the story of Christ’s triumph is no less powerful. His victory means that death no longer has any power over us. Imagine the shock his disciples felt when they realized the man they saw executed just a few short days prior, came back.
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.
5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?
6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:
7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”
8 Then they remembered his words.
9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.
10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.
11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.
12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
The Lord’s victory is also our victory, and means that our mortal death won’t be permanent. Through Christ Jesus although we will pass away from this life, we His faithful will one day be raised again.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”