Day 8 – Easter Sunday – Paradigm Shift
by Pastor David D. Lee
Some women who had followed Jesus came to the tomb early on Sunday morning to take care of the body. They knew Jesus had died and had been buried; they witnessed the whole earth-shaking scene first-hand, with their eyes and ears taking it all in. And though they had seen Jesus do some miraculous things, even raising people from the dead, well, Jesus was not there outside the tomb to perform the miracle because He was inside the tomb. Hope had died.
But God works outside of our senses and our limitations. Where hope should have died, God lives. Where the disciples were feeling lost through Saturday (the Sabbath, the day they’re supposed to feel closest to God as they honor Him), Jesus found them again. And this is where the excitement begins: our paradigm shifts when we recognize that God works outside of our human limitations. The women, were perplexed (v. 4). The angels appeared, and then they were frightened. The angels reminded them: “Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee.” The women remembered (v. 8) and went to tell the apostles…but they did not believe! Paradigm shifts are hard, even when you were told about it beforehand!
Jesus was fully God but also fully man. So He died, for real, and took the punishment for our sins. But He then overcame death, and gave us hope to recognize that death is no longer standing over us with its curse, reminding us of its inevitability and permanence, killing us slowly. NO! All that came into our reality with our real sin was really done away with by Jesus’ resurrection.
That’s why the bodily resurrection is so important. If it was just Jesus’ spirit being resurrected, the weight of the curse would not have been lifted. The curse of sin was death – physical, spiritual, relational. The remedy of Christ was resurrection – physical, spiritual, relational. So Jesus spent the next few weeks convincing the disciples repeatedly of His actual bodily resurrection. Their testimonies teach us that God did indeed render sin powerless in its effects and rule. And His actions show us how faithful and patient He is in His love for us.
We rejoice in Easter because we learn of how God loved us enough to completely deal with sin’s curse. And now we truly are set free to new life in Christ! So, go, and live!