The resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything.
When the doors to paradise closed, mankind began to stray. Estranged from God, He appeared distant and far removed from us; and so we began idolizing other human beings instead – although we quickly got burned and realized that our connection to other people is no substitute for knowing our Creator.
Our situation profoundly changed with Easter, triggered by events two millennia ago. On a scull-shaped hill in Jerusalem Jesus died nailed to a cross. It was a horrible day for His family and friends. After Jesus breathed His last His grieving disciples and relatives collected His body and carried Him to the burial site, a rich man’s tomb that was donated to them. There they buried Him.
The grave site was heavily guarded by Roman authorities when it suddenly happened. Eyewitness accounts report that the tomb was opened at dawn on the first day of the week. Matthew wrote in his gospel (Matthew 28:2-4):
“There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.”
The grave site was sealed and guarded, but no human effort could have kept Jesus inside the grave. He walked out of that tomb – living proof that death was overcome. Jesus died to take away the sting of death – which is eternal separation from God – and opened the door to eternal life. The opportunities arising from our friendship with Jesus are absolutely limitless. One day we will see Him – face to face – and what a day that will be!