RESURRECTION ISN’T COMING
Standing over the banks of the Ganges River - the most holy place in Hinduism to bring the dead – I took in the most graphic image of death my eyes have ever seen.
Body after body was being burned and lowered into this river for its remission of sins. It was a picture of imminent death with one last grasp for hope.
One thought kept coming to my mind: resurrection isn’t coming.
These waters can’t wash away sin. This river isn’t going to raise these men from the dead. In fact, this water, meant to purify, will simply drown away any remaining chance of life.
Death, I see your victory. Death, I feel your sting.
What if that was my story? What if Easter didn’t exist for me?
3.1 billion people are living in this reality where resurrection isn’t coming. There is no victory. Sin reigns. Death wins. Every single time.
BECAUSE EASTER MEANS THAT HOPE IS REAL AND PAIN WILL NOT CLAIM FINAL VICTORY
But that’s not the reality we have as Christ-followers.
Because Easter means the heart-break ends.
Because Easter means that hope is real and that pain will not claim final victory.
Because Easter means those we love can live forever and all of this life is merely a gateway into eternity with Jesus.
Because Easter means death did not win, sin does not reign and Jesus is alive.
As we join together as His Church this Easter, may we unabashedly celebrate this life-changing, hope-bringing news that Resurrection HAS indeed come. And may this unbelievable Hope burst out of our church doors and breathe life into an aching world.