In September 2013, the headline on the cover of Time read: “Can Google Solve Death?” Google’s CEO announced a new division of Google known as Calico. Calico is dedicated to health and aging issues and to solving the problem of death. The editors of Time asked why Google, a high-tech company, would spend so many millions to deal with life’s most absolute certainty: death. That’s an appropriate question all Christians should ask for Easter. Why would Google spend so many millions on the problem of dying? Because we all know that if we can deal with the pain and the uncertainty and the grief of dying, it will change living. The problem is not really solving dying: the real problem being addressed is the problem of living.
The bible affirms that on Easter Sunday, Christ exploded from the grave and conquered sin and death. Peter Larson put it this way: “Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked “No Entrance” and left through a door marked “No Exit.”
Sadly, some people try to spiritualize the resurrection. They argue that Jesus did not actually rise physically from the dead, but that the resurrection is a metaphor for new life. Here are some actual quotes from Easter sermons: “On Easter Day, the world takes a turn for the better.” “The Resurrection is the divine inspiration for us, giving us the strength and courage to emulate Jesus.” “The early Christians came to believe that love is stronger than death.” These quotes come from preachers who want to use the idea of resurrection to make us feel better. But the idea of resurrection doesn’t do me any good at all. The idea of resurrection won’t help me overcome my demons. The idea of resurrection won’t bring my dad back from the grave. The idea of resurrection won’t bring me salvation! It’s the reality of the resurrection that changes everything!
There’s compelling proof for the resurrection of Jesus. The tomb was empty. The disciples were willing to die for the truth that Jesus was risen. The death and resurrection became the basis for the great divide in human history, BC/AD. The radically changed lives of people we know attest to the reality of the resurrection.
We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27! This is the time to invite your friends and neighbors and ‘ones’ to come celebrate the Easter story! Easter made a radical difference in your life—so be sure to share that news with others who need to hear the remarkable story of new hope in Christ!