The event that split history
By Teresa LeNeave
Every time you write a check; every time you look at a calendar and every time you have a birthday, whether you believe in Jesus or not, you are linked to Jesus' resurrection. We are in the year 2016. 2016 from what? ... From the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Time itself is measured by His resurrection. All time in our world reflects back to, and is measured by, "After the death " of Christ. It split history into B.C. and A.D. For the believer, Easter celebrates not the break in history, but the death, burial and resurrection of Messiah. The one who came to bring new life; abundant life. The Bible calls it Good News.
Although it's Good News, the Easter season reminds us of Jesus' great suffering as he was brutally beaten and then hung on a cross to suffocate. It reminds us of the sadness his followers felt as the tomb was sealed and the intense fear they battled thinking they may be next. But, most of all, it reminds us of the great joy when they discovered, on the third day, that He had risen from the dead.
Like Jesus we have days that are filled with pain and even confusion, but Jesus said, because I conquered, you can conquer. John 16:33. The Cross experience teaches, "It is finished", but the resurrection teaches that "it's a new day. The day of redemption; the day of joy, has arrived.
What that means to the believer:
During the worse days of your life, you can hold onto hope. If there is any message you can take from the Easter story, it is definitely hope. The disciples watched as their Rabbi and best friend was captured, hauled in to court, beaten beyond recognition, then forced to carry his own cross. A cross he would soon be nailed to. In the end, he cried out with mercy and love (to all of mankind), "It is finished."
What was finished?
The debt for all sin was finally paid. When Jesus took his last breath the curtain into the holy of holies was mysteriously ripped from top to bottom. We now could talk to God personally. We'd no longer have to go through the priest for forgiveness. Jesus was the perfect lamb, slain for the sins of the world. He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquity. Surely he bore our sorrow and by his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5. What a promise!
But, the best part of the Easter story is that Jesus rose from the grave. He knows every sorrow you have. He knows every disappointment and every victory. He is your Advocate. Your lawyer. He's alive!