Each moment, each passing hour that the tomb of the Christ remained silent and intact, left the hopeful a little more hopeless. 24, 36, 48 hrs passed. No hope.
But then, somewhere around the seventy-second hour, the earth began to violently shake. The guards are down, the stone blocking the tombs entrance gives way to the King's very thought. It must obey; God is alive.
Satan is now raging in anger and agony. He knows his victory over humanity is over. His fate is now sealed. The hourglass of his life began the moment Jesus came out of the tomb. All is lost for him and his schemes.
Gods most precious creation is now filled with hope once again. We've been given THE Way to escape sin and death once and for all.
This gift is never limited to only those who appear to be righteous. This gift isn't just for a specific people group or those who grew up in church. This gift isn't just for those who haven't done the BIG sins. It's for all.
Jesus didn't choose who he would die for. He died for every human that had existed and was yet to be. Every unborn child, every toddler, every teenager, every adult...man and woman. No favorites. He just loves you. He has your gift of eternity and it's our job to reach out and take it.
It's always the right time to do so. No one is promised their next breath. If you are given the privilege to do so, it's because of Gods mercy that you inhale and exhale once more. Everything you have is because His mercy and grace have been given to you so freely.
Don't let Jesus' death for you, go in vain. If anyone on earth today died in your place, I imagine you would feel forever indebted to that persons family and would remain forever grateful to the hero who selflessly saved your life.
Don't treat Jesus any differently. He may have died for you long ago, you weren't there to witness it, but it happened. It had to happen. And because He lives, you too can also live past this vapor of life here on earth. If you choose not to accept it, He won't force it on you. He's a loving and just God, but He won't force himself on you. He's endlessly patient and good and wants nothing more than for you to recognize the hellish death He went thru for you.
This Easter, as in 25 Easter's past, I am rejoicing that God didn't stay dead and I have possessed His gift of Heaven for a quarter of a century now.
I long to see His face, but until then, I walk this earth covered by His grace.