His body was gone from the tomb. The stone sealing the tomb’s entrance, rolled away by an unseen hand. His grave clothes miraculously folded neatly. Jesus is alive!
His followers saw His severely beaten body hanging on the cross. They heard Him commit His spirit to the Father. They saw Him hang His head and die. They took His lifeless body off of the cross and placed it in the tomb. Now, He lives!
The days and weeks that followed Resurrection Sunday multiplied their joy as the followers of Christ understood the true nature of God’s Kingdom, and the nature of the victory Christ won. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Jesus took on human flesh and blood – becoming like one of us that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil, and release us from bondage to the devil and death.
What Christ accomplished impacted this world and everyone in it for all time – past, present, and future. We can be free from that which causes us sadness, fear, anger, and disgust. We can be free truly free. In a time of global pandemic, when so many of our loved ones have died and the threat of death continues, we have the promise of eternal life – that is, should we die, we have the hope of resurrection to a wonderful life with God upon Christ’s return 1 Thessalonians. 4: 16-18. There is just one condition to this promise – we must believe in Christ, John 3:16.
Easter weekend was noted to be among the busiest travel weekends for airports since the pandemic began. Millions of people boarded planes they have never been on before, buckled their seatbelts, and allowed the pilot, they never met, to fly them to their destination. They believed in the pilot and his crew to get them where they wanted to go. They believed. We can believe God’s love!
God’s love for this world was so intense and complete that He gave His best and His all to help us – Jesus. You can believe it! Through the tragedies and atrocities of life, we can still consider God’s love to be true and worthy of our trust. We can believe all that Christ did and taught to be deserving of our confidence.
He did it all for you. He thought you were worth dying for.
In as much then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Hebrews 2:14, 15