Column: Easter brings hope
March 26. 2013 1:22PM
I have the greatest piece of news that has ever been told. It is recorded in John 11:25. Are you ready for this? “Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
In this day when death remains hidden in mystery, it is the best news we can ever have. Death is not the final word.
We have all seen death up closer than we would like to see it. We have stood helplessly by as loved ones have left us. What has happened to them? Where have they gone? Because of Jesus, death opens up for us eternal life. This is our hope – a hope grounded on the fact of the resurrection.
Skeptics hold that the resurrection never happened. Some have tried to explain it away through various theories. But there is more evidence proving the resurrection than most other historical facts.
Jesus is alive. He is living today.
When I was confronted with all the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, I had to ask, “What difference does Jesus’ resurrection make to me? Is it a reality in my life?”
For me, the resurrection means that this life is not all there is; there is indeed eternal life beyond the grave. We who believe will one day be resurrected just as Jesus was resurrected to live forever in a place prepared for us, where, as Revelation 21 says, there will be no more mourning, no more crying, no more pain, no more death. Our loved ones who died in Christ will be there, too.
It means that what I do in this life matters and has eternal consequences. My life has a purpose. How I choose to live my life determines my eternal destiny. Each day I make a choice to live for Christ or not to live for Christ. Each day I make a choice as to whether or not I will live for others, make a difference in this world, and leave it better than I found it.
“Come you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me . . . just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:31-46)
The resurrection of Jesus matters. It is the foundation of our faith. It is our hope. It is good news. So have a Happy Easter. Jesus has risen. He has risen, indeed.