“…a single event that changed the course of history.”
Easter. Easter Baskets, early morning Easter Egg hunts, and family dinners are a big part of the American Easter experience, but for many people this season also has deep religious meaning and is a time for deep reflection, prayer and spending time in church. For over 2000 years this day has been celebrated around the world and is all about a single event that changed the course of history.
The resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The day that one man did something that no one ever has… rise from the dead never to die again. There are accounts of people who have come back to life, but all of these have died again (or will). However history records that Jesus of Nazareth not only came back to life leaving an empty tomb but was seen by over 500 people, talked and ate with his disciples, and then ascended into the clouds. As fantastical as that sounds to our modern skepticism one must keep in mind that history also records that 10 of the 12 disciples (and hundreds of other followers) were violently executed because they refused to renounce or repudiate the claim that they had talked and ate with the resurrected Lord after his death. Now we know that people are willing to die for what they KNOW to be true and many will die for what they BELIEVE to be true. But only an insane person would die for something they KNOW isn’t true!
“…only an insane person would die for something they KNOW isn’t true!”
The fact that Jesus overcame death gives us hope. Hope of life. Life after death for sure, but also… Abundant life. Now this past week, known as Holy Week, is when we remember the events leading up to the death of Jesus. The last supper on Maundy Thursday, the trial and the Cross on what is known as Good Friday, and today the day known as Holy Saturday. Why is this Saturday considered Holy? It was on this day when it seemed that all was lost. It was on this day, perhaps one of the darkest in history, that the Lord lay in the tomb. It was on this day when His follower’s hopes, dreams and very lives seemed utterly destroyed. It was at that moment that they could relate with the writer of the book of Lamentations where one of the traditional readings for Holy Saturday is found.
Lamentations 3:6-8(ESV) – He has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago. He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has made my chains heavy; though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer;
On Holy Saturday the Son of God was dead and in the tomb, heaven was silent and it seemed as though all life itself was in danger of being extinguished. Today, on this Holy Saturday I want to encourage any who feel like they can relate to this passage from Lamentations. To those feeling that all is lost, life is bleak, darkness surrounds you, and you are crying out for help and no one hears… Daybreak is closer than you think! For it goes on in that chapter of Lamentations.
“Daybreak is closer than you think!”
Lamentations 3:22-24(ESV) – The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
If you will call on the Lord He will hear you. His love is steadfast and his mercy is new and in Him there is a reason for hope. The Lord id Risen! And He has the power to do the same for you and bring you to life. His followers are here to help in his name, so why not join with them tomorrow morning and experience Easter with renewed expectation.. You are invited… Come To Life!