With death comes the promise of new life. With sadness comes the promise of restored joy. With pain and sickness comes the promise of healing.
That is the promise of Easter morning – the promise of hope despite the present difficulties and tribulations.
The apostles and the rest of Jesus’ followers and friends waited; they waited three long, depressing, agonizing days. In fact, they had locked themselves in a room out of fear after Jesus died. All was bleak. All was dark.
We live through many dark and bleak moments here on this earth. A lost loved one. A broken heart. A failed relationship. A lost job. A financial crisis. An addiction. Psychological trauma. Physical handicap. Depression. Anxiety.
The list goes one.
In our own lives, we experience death – a metaphorical three days before the resurrection, locked in our own room of fear and sorrow, not daring to hope for the impossible, doubt and unbelief at the helm.
I was locked in my own room of fear and depression for the better part of 3 years. All was bleak; all was dark. I lived in a world of pain, sadness, and shame.
And then… JESUS.
Jesus walked through the walls of the room and back into my world, just as he walked through the walls of the room the disciples were hiding in, bringing them peace. He had come back into the world, three days later; Jesus was alive! He is alive; HE IS RISEN!
The impossible happened. Life conquered death. JESUS IS ALIVE.
Whatever your present difficulty is right now, whatever dark and bleak moment you may be walking through, Easter is your hope that is WILL end. There IS life. There IS healing. There IS hope.
Jesus DIED; three days later, he came back – he fought the battle that none of us could ever fathom winning AND WON.
And he gave us the power to defeat death in our own lives – the same power that raised him from the dead.
He is risen. He is risen indeed.