HERE AND NOW
The thing about Easter isn’t just that it happened, but that it happens.
Death shows up everywhere - our hopes, dreams, desires, and in the end, life. It’s natural to want to avoid it, keep it at arms length. Loss of any kind stings. But death is all talk. It tries to make us believe it has the final say, but it doesn’t.
2000 years ago through his death and resurrection, Jesus turned the tables.
“Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.”
“Behold”, He says, “I was dead and now am alive forever more. And I hold the keys of death and Hades”.
By embracing death and overcoming it Jesus made death a transition not a destination; a thing we pass through that is not just the end but the beginning of a beginning of a new thing and a new life.
We don’t need to cower through life, scared to death of death because Easter isn’t something that just happened - it happens.
Death could not hold Him down, then. It can’t hold us down, now.