“But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come see the place where the Lord lay.’” -Matthew 28:5-6
Easter is a very important time of year for Christians. It is the day when Jesus rose from the grave and had victory over death. Easter is a day of hope and joy. It is a day to remind us that Jesus is no longer dead, but is risen and is preparing a place for those who follow Him.
Before, during, and after Jesus’ death and resurrection, three very important things happened that show the power of our God.
1- Jesus’ Triumphal Entry
Many years ago, kings would show whether they came in peace or for war by the animal they rode on. If they came to wage war, they would ride in on a horse, but if they came in peace, they would ride on a donkey. When Jesus rode through Jerusalem on the colt (Matthew 21:1-11), He was showing the people that He came in peace. Little did the people know that this man who came to their city riding on a symbol of peace, would bring perfect peace to all who believe in Him. This one man called Jesus who had healed their sick, given sight to their blind, and was now riding through their city was the Prince of Peace.
2- The Veil is Torn
Right after Jesus spoke His last words on the cross, there was an earthquake and the veil in the temple was torn (Matthew 27:51). That veil represented our sin and how, just like the veil separated the Holy of Holies (where God’s presence in the temple was) from the common area of the temple, our sin separated us from God. But when Jesus died, bore our punishment, and covered us with His perfect spirit, God’s presence was opened to all…just like when the veil was split in two, leaving both sides unseparated. Matthew 27:51 says, “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom; and the earth quacked, and the rocks were split.” Notice how this verse makes it clear that the veil was torn from top to bottom. The fact that it was torn in that way shows that no man had split the veil. God did it.
3- Victory Over Death
John 20:6-7 says, “Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.” Jesus took off the linen cloths that had been wrapped around Him. Lazarus came out of the tomb with his grave clothes on, for he was to use them again, but when Christ arose, he laid aside his linens. By doing this, He showed that death had no dominion over Him (Romans 6:9). He arose to die no more. He had victory over death.
Because the Prince of Peace came to earth to tear the barrier between man and God, we can now talk with God and see Him one day in heaven. Because He had victory over death, we now can have victory over death. While our fleshly bodies will one day die, if we accept Jesus’ free gift of salvation as payment for our sins, our spirit will live forever in the presence of God. Let’s live in hope of the day when we all get to see Jesus, the One who did so much for us. The One who died for us. The One who had victory over death.