The story of the cross changes everything.
Outside of Paradise, mankind has never been the same. We became estranged from the Lord as He seemed more and more removed from our reality; so we clung to each other and started idolizing human beings. However, 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. His grieving disciples and relatives carried Jesus 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 was sealed and guarded, but no human effort could keep Jesus inside the grave. The tombstone was rolled away and Jesus walked out of the tomb, a walking talking witness that death was overcome once and for all. Jesus died to free us from death – what a powerful blessing! And yet the greater blessing is the life Jesus has for us. He freed us to have eternal life with God. The opportunities arising from our friendship with God are absolutely limitless.
The heart of Jesus is like a treasure trove; we need to keep digging to get to know Him. One day we will see Him – face to face – and what a day that will be!