No, I didn’t get it backwards. Every Easter we celebrate Our Lord’s triumph over death–not just for Himself, but for all of us. The life I was referring to comes after death…life eternal.
Jesus told the apostles that He would be put to death, and then on the third day He would rise again. This was tragic and unbelievable news to the chosen twelve. Their beloved Messiah, the Savior they’d been awaiting for so long, arrested and executed like a common criminal? How could this be? And what could He mean, rising again in three days? It’s no wonder they didn’t understand.
How confused and bewildered they must’ve been when they went to the tomb and found the stone rolled away and their Blessed Lord missing. But then imagine their joy when He appeared to them alive and well, and they were reunited once again.
That’s what Jesus promises each one of us, only something even better. Because for us it will be the first time we get to experience a personal encounter with our glorified Savior. The apostles spent three years with Jesus…in His presence, listening to Him, communing with Him, being witness to His miracles and divine nature. Now, we can only imagine what that was like.
What Jesus gave us that first Easter Day was a promise and a possibility to come before Him for the first time. Into His glorious presence, the recipient of His incomparable love…for a life that is perfect and eternal. Let us celebrate and be thankful, not only this Easter, but every day.