Its the day after Easter and HE IS HERE. He isn’t distant. He isn’t far. He isn’t with someone else. HE IS HERE.
He isn’t afraid of the brokenness in us. He isn’t repelled by the mistakes we keep making. He isn’t tired of our constant asking. HE IS HERE.
Easter is a realization that what was DEAD is now ALIVE.
2000 years ago, on a Friday. Jesus is arrested in the garden where He was praying.
Jesus is beaten, mocked, and spit upon. Roman soldiers are flogging Jesus with a leather whip that has bits of bones and glass and metal, tearing at his flesh. He stands firm as they press the crown of thorns down into his brow.
We can see Him walking to Calvary, the blood dripping from His body. See the cross crashing down on His back as He stumbles beneath the load.
We watch as Jesus is hanging on the cross, bloody and dying. The sky grows dark, the earth begins to tremble, and He who knew no sin became sin for you and for me.
In Matthew 27:45 it says: at noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. At about 3 Jesus called out in a loud voice, My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?
Heaven is weeping. The Son of God, the only perfect man is dead. He died.
Satan thought that he had won the victory. Surely he had destroyed the Son of God. But that was Friday.
But then it’s Sunday. That which was DEAD is now ALIVE.
The scripture says at just about dawn on that first day of the week, there was a great earthquake. The angel of the Lord was coming down out of heaven and rolling the stone away from the door of the tomb. The angel of the Lord is sitting on that stone and the guards posted at the tomb to keep the body from disappearing were shaking in their boots because it’s Sunday, the angel says, He is not here, He is risen indeed.
The crucified and resurrected Christ proves to be ALIVE.
He has defeated death, hell, sin and the grave. On Sunday. And now everything has changed. It’s the age of grace, God’s grace poured out on all who would look to Jesus. Grace freely given to all who would believe that Jesus Christ who died on the cross of Calvary was buried and rose again.
It’s EASTER, that same thing can happen to us today. That which is DEAD can LIVE again.