Celebrate His resurrection
Like the narratives of Christ’s birth, the accounts of His crucifixion and resurrection are so familiar that we can miss the full intensity of the unexpected event. Though Jesus warned His disciples, they were not at all prepared for the trauma of His death or the shock of His resurrection. Because we know the outcome, it’s hard for us to identify with what they must have felt.
Although we may wish we could have been present at Jesus’s birth, who wishes to have seen His cruel, torturous death? Few want to read the details of what He suffered. We’ve sanitised Easter with aromatic lilies and colourful eggs.
But we must know exactly why the Father let His Son hang on the cross and why Jesus chose not to escape it. We need to grasp the glory of His resurrection. What blending of love and power can we see in these events? It’s almost as if Jesus could hear the tearful praises of future believers singing:
My sin—O, the bliss of this glorious tho’t—
My sin—not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!¹
The resources on this page help you better understand what really happened when Jesus died and rose from the dead, why there was no other alternative, and why it makes all the difference today!
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As I spend time mulling over the biblical texts of Easter, I’m struck by the contrast between two garden trials. The first, through Adam, when mankind was tested in Eden and failed—we quite literally fell for it. The second, on the night He was betrayed, Jesus was also tested in a garden. These two trials were both set in gardens, but the...
Chuck Swindoll explains that the satanic forces of death and evil were working up to the climax of Jesus’s crucifixion on the cross, where it seemed they had won the final victory. But the resurrection of Jesus proved God’s power over the very heart of evil. The varied responses to the news of Jesus’s resurrection mirror the kinds of responses...