We are closing in on another Easter. For many the meaning will obscured by pretty dresses, candy and the Easter bunny. These are fun, but we are not merely celebrating Spring.
Easter is a pivotal event for humankind. Without Easter we have eternal existence but nothing that should be called eternal Life. Jesus risen from the dead is more than evidence of life after death. He is the cause.
It may not appear this way to the casual observer, but humans are created to be eternal. Because of a major screwup on our progenitor’s part, we are all destined to experience the death of our physical body’s. In fact, we are experiencing it every day as we age. Our physical death will create a universal but unnatural condition of the separation of our soul (consciousness) and our body. They were originally designed to be a unit. This is the least of our problems. God will exile our conscious self because of our sinfulness. People have experienced this in Near Death Experiences (NDE) and returned to tell of it. The Bible describes it in terms of “weeping and gnashing of teeth”. That exile goes from bad to worse with the advent of Judgment Day when God forsakes us permanently. It’s bad and we want no part of it.
That’s what makes Jesus’ resurrection such great news and a reason for a truly joyful celebration. Jesus’ sole mission was to become a sinless human and then fulfill God’s Law’s requirement for the punishment detailed above by himself. Jesus died without sin and was forsaken by God so that we never have to be. Because of Jesus there is a way to Heaven and a place for us there. That’s God’s promise to all who are baptized into Jesus’ death.
You may be skeptical because you typically don’t get a tour before it’s too late. But prophecy, eyewitnesses of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, the experience of God calling you to faith, and, if you like, many NDEs confirm the story. The Bible describes life after death with God as “truly life”. It is as though what we have experienced so far hardly deserves the title of “life”. In fact, our existence so far may be described in the Bible as the “great tribulation”.
If you would like a further explanation of what the Bible says is coming after death for those who belong to Jesus, please look up some of my previous blog entries on Heaven or the New Earth. There is much to joyfully anticipate.