I’ve been reflecting this past weekend on the progression that occurred when Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected.
I really want to talk about that, but the focus of this post is:
The tomb was empty!
No need to look for the living among the dead!
No more mourning! No more asking why!
A risen King! The fulfillment of prophecy!
These are all the things I thought this morning as I went for a short run, set out the Easter baskets, and drove to church.
Oh happy day! Jesus has risen!
Chains are broken
Shame has fallen
All my sins are gone!*
As I sat in church, I suddenly had the following thought:
Did you know that every day can be Easter day?
The good news of Jesus’ resurrection is good news every day.
Every day, we have access to the power that rose Christ from the dead (Eph 1:19-20).
Every day, we have new mercies available to us (Lam 3:22-23).
Every day, God is faithful, even when we are faithless (2 Tim 2:13).
Every day, God’s hope does not disappoint (Rom 5:5).
Every day, we have a choice to trust in God (Rom 15:13).
It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, or if you, like Peter, denied Christ 2 days ago. Even Jesus’ death, which on Saturday looked like the end of the story, did not define His future.
There is an opportunity in every day for resurrection, new life – for freedom.
Do you need a fresh start? Grab on to Jesus’ hand. Rest in Him. Trust in Him. Believe that He wants to lead you onto new paths (Prov 3:5-6) and into new places.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
And streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
Do you think the tomb on Saturday looked like a wilderness and a wasteland? Well, guess what? Our God turns wastelands into streams and wildernesses into ways. He also turns Saturdays in the tomb into empty tombs on Easter.
Every day, we can go to the cross. It’s empty. Jesus is not there. But that cross represents power; there lies the hope of new life.
Every day, we have the opportunity to be resurrected (Rom 6:5). Seize it.
*”To the Cross” by Paul Baloche