April is a month when we see many things coming to life, from the newly born lambs in the field to the daffodils in our gardens. This month we also celebrate Easter, which reminds us of the weekend that changed the world. Jesus died and rose again so that we too may ‘come alive’ in Christ and live in newness of life. On Friday morning Jesus paid the price for our redemption and then when Sunday came death was conquered. Because Christ is risen, the grave has changed its character; it has been put away as a prison house, death for the child of God is no longer a punishment for sin, but an entrance porch to heaven.
The triumphant words of scripture concerning the resurrection of Jesus are always thrilling for the believer: ‘He is not here: for he is risen.’ Matt 28 v 6a ‘…The Lord is risen indeed,..’ Luke 24 v 34a, and the promise of Jesus Himself ‘… because I live, ye shall live also.’ John 14 v 9.
Because of the resurrection we don’t have to fear the future, death or eternity. This is the message we bring to the nations: ‘… Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations beginning at Jerusalem.’ Luke 24 vs 46 & 47
The words of J Wilbur Chapman’s hymn are so true: ‘One day the grave could conceal Him no longer, One day the stone rolled away from the door, then He arose over death He had conquered, now is ascended My Lord evermore!’