Far from the fluffiness of bunnies and chicks, and the delicate pastel shades of tulips often seen as symbols of Easter, what we celebrate today is the grittiest, most radical event in the history of mankind. Jesus Christ willingly gave His life for each one of us, was brutally battered, carried the weight of all our failings and darkest intentions, allowing Himself to be humiliated and nailed to a cross. And then, so incredibly, he kicked evil and death in the face, returning to life from the depths of hell – for me, for you. And every day, we who know Him, experience the repercussions of that unparalleled victory.
Today, I’ve been reflecting on the Son of God and the grit He demonstrated. On the loneliness of a death that even His most intimate followers clearly misunderstood. And the rawness of His resurrection. There were no crowds gathered expectantly, cheering Him on when he reappeared on this earth—so similar in its humility to the moment he was born. It was never about a grandiose display of glory, though it rightfully could have been. Christ knew what He had done, and He simply returned to those who had walked with Him, and declared it.
I long for a deeper revelation of what was accomplished on that day, so long ago. I know the depths of it are so much more profound than what I have thus far grasped. If I truly understood it in all its beauty, I’m quite sure I would never question Him again—never doubt His ability to accomplish all that He has promised.
I meditate on that crazy-extravagant verse, that so blows my mind:
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.
And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead,
He will give life to your mortal bodies
by this same Spirit living within you.
JUST as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to our bodies! In that same way that the Father tore free death’s cold fingers that gripped His Son, He will restore life to us—even when the grave itself seems to be our most persistent stalker.
My Lord Jesus, show me the fullness of your resurrection victory!