Have you ever experienced what you would call a "life-changing moment"? Maybe it was living on your own for the first time, or getting married, or having children, or retiring, or a brush with death. God wants you to understand that there is no greater life-changing moment than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Look at His followers that Sunday morning. The women, grieving, were going to the tomb to anoint His body. The men were in hiding, fearful of what the authorities might do to them, dejected because Jesus was dead, ashamed they had abandoned Him. And although Jesus repeatedly told His followers He would rise on the third day, none of them were expecting a resurrection. It shows what grief and guilt do. They blind and deafen us from seeing and hearing the truth of Jesus. How many of us are so worried and upset about troubles that we’ve failed to take to heart this truth or that promise of Jesus? How many of us are so distressed and distraught with life that we’re living like Jesus is dead?
But one word changes everything: Egerthe. That’s the Greek word translated as "He has risen!" Listen to the angel proclaim life-changing truth and triumph at the empty tomb: "Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here." (Mark 16:6) Egerthe! Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, just as He said He would. His resurrection proves that He is who He says He is – the Christ, the Son of God. It proves that His life carries the significance He says it does – the ransom for sinners. It proves that He has satisfied the wrath of God for our sins – once and for all. It is the AMEN to, "It is finished." It is the AMEN to, "Your sins are forgiven." It is the AMEN to, "Because I live, you also will live." It is the AMEN to, "Trust in God; trust also in me." It is the AMEN to all He has said, all He has promised. Egerthe! HIS RESURRECTION IS LIFE-CHANGING FOR YOU!
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.