Day 10 I Saturday April 20, 2019
Here it is, Easter Sunday! We are all getting up and putting on our various pastels and looking forward to the day that will be spent with family, friends, and hopefully some good food. But how much of today will actually be spent observing the miracle that took place in order for us to be free from death?
I love how the third paragraph uses the phrase "It's as if all things are holding their breath.". When we hold our breath, it tends to be in a situation where we are anxiously awaiting something or have some sort of anticipation about something. All of creation shared in that anticipation on that Sunday morning as the promise of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior would finally be fulfilled.
This resurrection was the completing step and final action that fulfilled the promise that God had made his children and by doing just that He proved that death, however certain it may be, is not the winner and will not prevail over Christ. I am reminded of a wonderful hymn written by Robert Lowry in the late 1870's titled "Lo in the Grave He Lay.". Notice how these verses contrast the impotence of death and suffering with the resurrection power of Christ:
Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior;
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Vainly they watch Hiş bed, Jesus my Savior;
Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
Death cannot keep its Prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign,
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!
Do you see in those lines what Jesus' resurrection means to you? If you are a Christian, you can rejoice in the fact that Christ rose from the dead as a victor, a champion who lives forever to reign you and me!