This week has been a series on the last week of Jesus’ earthly life, known as Holy Week or Passion Week. Today is the last and most important day.
Early Sunday morning, the women headed out to the tomb with their spices, wondering how they would get in. When they arrived, the stone was rolled away. Jesus’ body was gone, but an angel was there with a message.
Jesus had told the disciples that He would rise again on the third day, but imagine being told something so outlandish. They trusted Him, but they didn’t understand how something so amazing could happen. These women were part of that group, so they knew the prediction as well, but they were expecting to see the tomb in the same condition as they left it: a giant rock rolled in front of the entrance, with Jesus’ body safely inside.
Instead, they were the first witnesses to the most important thing that has ever happened.
His death was the punishment for OUR sins. He was without sin. He didn’t have to die. At any moment, He could have called legions of angels to come rescue Him. He did it for you. He did it for me. He did it for every single person. Without Jesus dying on the cross, we would all be going to hell. It is impossible to live good enough to get to heaven. No one can earn heaven. Jesus died a horrible sinner’s death that He did not deserve for us. That was on Friday.
But now it’s Sunday! Hallelujah!
Jesus is alive!
Okay, so He’s alive. What does that mean? It means He defeated death. He defeated Satan. Jesus conquered the grave. In the ultimate battle of good vs evil, Jesus walked away victorious. He took the wind out of Satan’s sails.
Do I understand how it all works? Nope. But the Bible says it and I believe it. And because I believe it, the Bible also says I have an eternal home in heaven with Jesus. That’s all it takes, a simple child-like faith.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Do you believe?
Thanks for joining me this week for a trip back to the most important week in history. If you missed any days, here are the links:
Have a blessed & beautiful Easter!