Imagine the worst day of your life. Murder permeates your psyche and the images of a crucifixion just won’t leave your mind. Someone you love isn’t with you anymore. And all your hopes and dreams died with him. You get up early Sunday morning. You feel numb walking the streets. You get to the burial place. Death stares you in the face. But there’s something different this morning. Something less sinister. You can’t place it. It’s a feeling you’ll never forget. What is it? Life! Suddenly the birds appear with their songs. The air is crisp with a morning mist. The sun is shining and the flowers are beautiful. Because hope has returned. Love has won. The greatest act of love that once lead simply to the death of your Savior has now blossomed into new life with a resurrection unlike any other. Death, although real, no longer grips with everlasting determinant power. Good has triumphed Jesus has won the war. And there’s Jesus’ face shining into your soul. A smile unlike any other. It’s like the joy of a perfect day has entered your heart. It’s love unlike any ever experienced before. Tears flow with the joy of new life.
I’d like to imagine that’s what Sunday morning was like for Mary so many thousands of years ago. That she experienced something indescribable in it’s joy and magnitude. But I’d like to imagine something different to. I’d like to imagine something like that happening in all of our hearts. No we can’t go back and see Jesus that day, face to face. But we can experience His love and His joy in our hearts. When we accept His love as our Lord and Savior, when we realize that it’s not about what we do, but about what He did over that fateful weekend, something happens in our hearts. New life enters. Love wins. Good triumphs over evil. And Jesus smiles. What did He say about it? “I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” – Luke 15:10 And what does that repentance look like? It looks like letting Jesus affect your life. It’s not about you, it’s about Him. It’s not about what you’ve done. It’s about what He did. It’s not about the day, it’s about what He does in it. Can you hear the birds chirping? Can you smell the roses? Can you see the sun shining on this new day? Can you feel His smile, His love. It’s a new life!
Welcome to new life,