It was a late afternoon in the Philippines. Rain showers had graced the land only a few hours before, but the clouds broke up around sunset. I had walked out a few times to catch the changes. What I was not expecting was the sudden hole in sky that was pierced with the setting sunlight. I ran to get the camera and framed the image with the trees just feet from the little cottage where we were staying. The colors in the clouds and the hole of blue sky were dramatic but changing as I watched. In two minutes the scene was gone.
In the grand scheme of human affairs, which is marked by a tendency to avoid God, events of a spiritual significance get brief attention, if any at all. Some 2000 years ago, after the plots of envious men came to a horrendous conclusion, the Servant King, the Lamb of God, gave himself for the likes of people like you and me. The event is generally known but also ignored by most except on a couple days of the year, and then only to those familiar with Christianity. His death, however, was not the final event of his life. He rose from the dead. His appearance was virtually private to the world but openly declared, witnessed, and touched by those closest to Him as time moved on. They, in the coming years, would overturn the world with the message of the Good News. We have the record of the event from many witnesses.
Like the hole in the clouds at sunset, the resurrection event and aftermath were quickly over and gone. Then it was left to people with Christ in their hearts to proclaim the wonder and finality of the event. From the time of creation, when sin rapidly entered the world from man’s first disobedience, there was no hope that would change our evil hearts in a permanent way. The wall between us and God was fixed — a chasm to wide and deep to cross. The resurrection, that brief event known by only a few at first, was the guarantee of salvation made sure. The event is now past, like the clouds covered the hole that I briefly saw in the Philippine sky, but the message has been carried forward generation after generation. He is risen. He has made a way for hearts to be reborn and eternal life to be obtained because of His sacrifice and that very significant resurrection. There is nothing more that could have been done to make God’s covenant of love to those who call on Him so clear, so everlasting, and so sure.
For numerous bible verses on the event, do any search that includes the following words: Bible, resurrection, Jesus Christ