Life is such a beautiful thing, I want to live forever! What about you? Are you satisfied to live to be 70, 80, 90, a 100 years? Is this truly enough? Would you have done all you could do in this life? I don’t think so, I don’t believe so; but then death spares no one, rich or poor, we succumbed to its grip, and this terrifies everyone.
Thankfully, on resurrection Sunday, 2000 years ago, Jesus shredded death. On that day, after being dead for 3 days and 3 nights, Jesus rose from the dead, with a body that can no longer die – an incredibly awesome moment in history!!!
Matthew 28:5-6 (NIV) testifies to that moment: The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay…”
Furthermore John 11:25 (NIV) reads – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” – all who follow Jesus have been promised a bodily resurrection to live forever, I want this!
CS Lewis, the great writer, in his book ‘Mere Christianity’ says: “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic… or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman…”
Either you believe that Jesus uniquely resurrected from the dead, and will do this for you, or you view Jesus as a madman and the greatest fraud in history. I want to live forever, and the only man who has defeated death has promised me eternal life. I accept this great gift to humanity, graciously – what about you?
Lord Jesus, thank you for the great gift of resurrection, Amen!