In their fright the women bowed down their faces to the ground but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24: 5-6a NIV)

From the chants of Hosanna last Sunday, to the shouts of denial on Thursday, to the hammering of nails on Friday, and the dead stillness of Saturday, it’s been a long week. A week full of emotions, unmet expectations, and shattered dreams.

But then light broke through the dark in the stillness of Sunday morning. On Sunday morning the stone was rolled away, and the seal to the tomb was broken. On Sunday morning the forces of empire ran screaming in the other direction, unable to comprehend what they saw. On Sunday morning the impossible happened:

One who was dead rose again!

The implications for us are huge in scope! The grave is not the end. Death does not have the final word. To meet death is to meet Christ, and he has defeated it once and for all!

But wait, there’s more! 

Jesus doesn’t just offer a promise for after you die. I mean, hey, eternal life, new life in Him sounds pretty good, but you don’t have to wait until you die! That new life can start now, this minute!

It’s not a promise that says that life will never be hard, or that you will never be sad, or that you will not feel pain. The promise is that Christ feels those things with you, alongside you, because he felt them too. He wants to be with you, he wants to share your pain. The lows will still feel low, but the the highs….the highs can become more than you can imagine.

All you have to do is say yes to Him.  Yes is a simple word but the implications are profound. Saying yes to someone requires trust, and believe me I know that trusting someone can get you burned. But Christ is not like that, and he’ll be there for you, welcoming you even at the end of all things.

Do you believe? I do. As Adam Hamilton says, “I don’t just believe it, I’m counting on it!”

“So come lose your life for a carpenter’s son, for a mad man who died for a dream, and you’ll have the faith his first followers had, and you’ll feel the weight of the beam.

So surrender the hunger to say you ‘must know,’ and have the courage to say ‘I believe!’ Then the power of paradox opens your eyes and blinds those who say they can see!” –Michael Card