Matthew 28:6, ‘He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.’ Those words are powerful words, infinitely powerful for the human soul. I can’t help but want to cry, laugh, dance, grieve, meditate, be sober, and shout for joy remembering what ‘Easter’ is really about, because it’s incredibly significant for not just me, but for millions of people the world over and throughout the ages. Easter isn’t bunnies and eggs. I love bunnies. I love eggs, but Easter is DEEPER, BIGGER, and MORE SIGNIFICANT. It’s three days that changed the whole course of history, planned by a holy God before the foundation of the world. The whole of the story of Resurrection Sunday involved a crucifixion, a death, agony, separation, despair, and ultimately, victory. Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
To the modern mind, this sounds too ‘gruesome’, but it’s because naturally, we don’t understand just why Jesus had to come. Hebrews 9:11-14, ‘But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?’
It’s easy to justify ourselves before men and women with our actions, but what about a perfect, holy God? God, a merciful, gracious Creator and Father knew that there was only one way to complete the work of salvation and save the lost from eternal destruction.