The tomb is empty, the battle is won and the victory is His – and ours!
As much as I love declaring those words on Easter Sunday, I’ve sometimes quietly wondered what the big deal is about the Resurrection. After all, if God is God, He can move in and out of the temporal universe with minimal (if any) effort, can’t He?
But while the Death of Jesus the God is what’s amazing about Good Friday, I wonder if it’s the Resurrection of Jesus the Man that sets Easter Sunday apart.
Other people have been resuscitated over the years. Elijah brought a boy back from the dead in 1 Kings 17. Peter brought Dorcas/Tabitha back from the dead in Acts 9:36:42 and Jesus Himself revived three people – Jairus’s daughter, the widow’s son at Nain and, of course, His friend Lazarus. Perhaps these spirituality-fuelled revivifications are not so different from the modern ‘medical’ ones we hear about fairly often nowadays.
But none of these people were resurrected like Jesus was.
The resurrected Jesus had a physical body, so He wasn’t a ghost. But that body, fully healthy as far as we can tell from the Gospels, still bore the crucifixion wounds that killed it, so it clearly wasn’t subject to the same limitations as our bodies are. (For that matter, His ability to appear to His disciples in a locked room without opening the door also speaks volumes. He never teleported before Good Friday, as far as we know.) And yet the resurrected Jesus ate some broiled fish when He appeared to His disciples in the Upper Room, so He wasn’t some sort of undead, otherworldly zombie.
His body was physical and temporal, but clearly not subject to all of the frailties of a worldly existence. We’re not given enough information to fully understand what a Resurrected life is like, but the clues we’re given point to an existence that’s everything a temporal life is supposed to be, and then some.
Clearly the Resurrection made human life a whole new ball game for Jesus the Man. And it also changes everything for you and for me.
“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.“ – Romans 6:3-5
Peace be with you.