This coming Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate the foundational truth of our faith—our Savior lives! Of course, these celebrations will look somewhat different from any time before. There will be little, if any, corporate gatherings; church buildings will be relatively empty. Our Sanctuary itself will not even have its lights on. How hard it is to get my mind wrapped around that! I admit that I never fathomed being separated from my faith family for this significant moment, but you and I should not miss the reality of the resurrection! As a matter of fact, the truth of the resurrection should be as relevant to our lives as ever before!
We understand that Jesus left the privileges of heaven, came to earth, lived a sinless life, taught with authority, healed the sick, cast out demons, and ultimately died a sacrificial death. His story is one of unbelievable selflessness and significance that spurs us on in love. Yet, Jesus’ ministry would be incomplete (and perhaps lost to history) if it had not been for the resurrection. Indeed, Christ’s triumph over the grave punctuated His work with power and life itself. It validated everything He had said and done as it demonstrated His absolute Lordship over everything.
Today, the reality of the living Christ has made all the difference in our lives! Chuck Swindoll captures the import of the resurrection when he writes:
“The benefits [of the resurrection] are innumerable. To list a few:
Our illnesses don’t seem nearly so final;
Our fears fade and lose their grip;
Our grief over those who have gone on is diminished;
Our desire to press on in spite of the obstacles
Our identity as Christians is strengthened as we stand in the lengthening shadows of saints down through the centuries, who have always answered back in antiphonal voice: ‘He is risen, indeed!’”
Every aspect of our lives is informed and empowered by the resurrection. Whether we face a personal trial or a world pandemic, we can stand in our Lord’s unlimited strength. He has overcome sin, death, and the grave! And if He has won the victory over those formidable foes, He can give us power to overcome what we are facing right now!
Again, Easter Sunday allows us to focus on this central tenet of our proclamation as we declare our triumphant message together: Jesus is alive! This year, we may be forced to gather through our online livestream platforms, via radio or even through television; but don’t allow that to take away your excitement and joy in the great work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rather, I pray you are filled with anticipation as we worship Him as a faith family! He deserves nothing less! He is risen, indeed! Hallelujah, He is alive!