When Jesus’ body was torn for us, the curtain barrier in the Temple separating God’s holy presence from unholy people was also torn, from top to bottom. It was God’s unmistakable visual aid to help us comprehend what had just transpired.
No more separation! No more searching for God and not finding Him! Now the way to God, long barricaded by rebellion and even religion, carries a joy-filled invitation: Access granted! Now without shame or fear we can walk into the very control center of the universe “by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh” (Hebrews 10:19-20).
Three days later Jesus stood up – pulsating with God’s life, triumphant over death. God broke into time in Christ’s incarnation. God broke through the rift between His creation and Himself by bridging the gap through His Son’s atonement on the cross. Now God breaks through impossibilities by Christ’s resurrection! Because He lives our way of seeing broadens and brightens. God can do anything. He even brings the dead to life. “I am the Living One,” Jesus declares, “and now look, I am alive for ever and ever. And I hold the keys of death and Hades” (Revelation 1:18, NIV). This is the rock-solid, anchored hope of the gospel!
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This hub of history – the God-Man’s death and His defiance of death – is also the apex of history. It is God’s power-packed one-two punch that deals the death blow to all of hell’s schemes for humanity – and for you. Our sacrificed Savior is forever our living Lord. This composite saving act of God in history changes everything. All our hopes are rooted in these two historically verifiable acts which comprise God’s completed saving activity. It’s the weekend that changed the world.
So this Resurrection Sunday, sing, worship, and celebrate! When Jesus burst out of that tomb, your destiny and mine took a sharp turn upward. Our chains fell off! His resurrection guarantees ours. “There shall be no more death” (Revelation 21:4). Death will die! “Because I live,” Jesus promised, “you will live also” (John 14:19).