“It is true! The Lord has risen…!”
Luke 24: 35
What is the most powerful force in the universe? Through hard work, ingenuity, scientific innovation, and technological development, we’ve been able to overcome so many of the forces that surround us, mastering them and making them work for us myself – like gravity, for instance. We can actually make people fly. Who would’ve thought?
But the one force we’ve never been able to conquer is death. So perhaps death is the most powerful force we know, the one that is the most final, and the one that no one myself – no matter how rich, or wealthy, or powerful myself – has ever defeated.
Except… someone has defeated death: Jesus!
In celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter, we are celebrating a power so great that it can shatter even the bonds of death. Quite often, I am asked by those who have lost someone dear to them something like, “Do you really think I’ll see them again?”
I do because I believe the power that is at work in Easter is the power of God’s love, a love so strong, so fierce, so determined that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39)
As I age, good-byes become more and more poignant. This Easter, I hope you will join me in looking with assurance to the day when we will never again have to say good-bye to those we love. Amen.