Here we are on the eve of the weekend of the greatest event in history—Jesus reversing the irreversible as He stepped out of the tomb with His resurrected body still bearing the scars of crucifixion.
And, yet, many people ask, So what? Isn’t the resurrection of Jesus just part of an ancient religious story akin to the dogmas of other faiths? Even for those who believe Jesus rose from the dead, connecting that event with our current reality may seem a chasm too wide to cross.
You go to work. You pay bills. You try to be a good husband, wife, son or daughter. You enjoy sports, hiking, fishing, or crochet. Day after day turns into week after week and year after year. Life trudges forward, as your hair thins, or your hips expand. For all of your life you’ve heard the Easter refrain, “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” But then Monday comes, the Easter baskets are put away for another year, and it’s back to business as usual.
But what if? What if this Easter were different? What if you decided that enough is enough? What if you declared that somehow, someway you were going to grab hold of this life-changing power that comes through the Resurrected Christ? And what if that power really changed you making you an agent of change?
The English author Malcolm Muggeridge once wrote that “Jesus audaciously abolished death, transforming it from a door that slammed into one that opened to whoever knocked.” Maybe the reason you tend to wander more than wonder is that you hear the story of the resurrection, but you’re not really hearing it. You stand before the door of transforming power, but you fail to knock.
This year, I ask you to do one thing: knock. Knock boldly, persistently (Luke 18:1-8), humbly, yet confidently, knowing that the One who stepped through the doorway is willing to open the door to all who believe. Not only is this promise for reversing the irreversibility of death; it is also for reversing the irreversibility of all things in life that have a hold over you.
When you say, “I can’t.” God says, “I can.” When you say, “I’m weak.” God says, “I’m strong.” When you say, “My marriage (faith, hope, job) is at a dead end.” God says, “I can reverse the irreversible. I proved it when I walked out of that grave.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer answered the “so what” question regarding Jesus’ resurrection. Before he was led away to his execution by Hitler’s regime, he wrote, “From the resurrection of Christ . . . a new and purifying wind can blow through our present world . . . If only a few people believed that and acted on it in their daily lives, a great deal would be changed.”
Believe it. Live it. Set your sails to catch that new and purifying wind and be an agent of change in your world.