How like God to take the most dramatic moment in human history and hide it from our eyes. In the moments of the early dawn on the third day after the crucifixion, Jesus Christ awoke from the grip of death and walked again on planet earth. It was a moment that was not witnessed by humans but was displayed to the powers and rulers in the heavenly realms. In that moment Scripture tells us that God disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities who opposed him (see Ephesians 2:1-3 & Colossians 2:15) and made a public spectacle of their defeat before all the universe. Death was smashed and life was assured for God’s sheep. Hurting, sinful people could now participate in the resurrection, the grand moment of redemption, rescue, and renewal.
In a manner similar to the event of his birth, the first witnesses to this stunning triumph over sin, death, and the evil spiritual authorities were not of royalty or human fame. Two humble women saw him, and even then they did not recognize him at first. Just like his birth, the significance of his resurrection must be apprehended by faith.
Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, would now spend a few more days on the planet before ascending to his throne to rule the universe with his Father. Our eyes were hidden from the full spectacular triumph of the risen Son. In this way, all who would come to faith are equally dependent upon the written testimony of the Holy Spirit to understand the significance of the unseen moment of the resurrection.
By this faith, given by God, the power of the resurrection also belongs to you and me. Death has no hold on us. The timeless wonder of eternity with the risen Son awaits.
The choice is simple but profound. You can live by sight and listen to the alluring cry of this dying world that all you could ever want can be satisfied by what you can see. Or you can live by faith and follow the risen Son to life that is truly life. Through eyes of faith you can see that life is not what it appears to be. You can see that the world’s grand promises are really the gateway into the blackness of despair. Truly, in God’s mercy, no eye has seen what God has conceived for this who love him.
Death has ended. The gospel provides life that is truly life. Choose life and live. The Son has risen.