Today’s Reading: Matthew 28:1-20
It’s likely that if you grew up in church this story has become familiar. After all, this one moment in time is the linchpin for our entire Christian faith. I would even guess that you’ve heard this story so many times that you’ve lost the sense of wonderment you once had. I pray the next few paragraphs will restore the awe and amazement this account deserves.
But before we jump ahead to death made alive again, it is necessary that we go back….back to the garden.
Genesis 1 & 2 paints a picture of Adam and Even dwelling in the Garden of Eden with God. Adam and Eve lived in the garden and God was there with them. Adam and Even could see God. They could hear God. In the garden life was glorious. There was never anything sad and never anything bad, stressful, hurtful or unnerving. Today we live in a world filled with brokenness, hurt, sadness and heartache so I have a hard time imagining a world that is only full of joy and happiness but that is exactly what the garden was.
Once sin entered the world Adam and Even were forced to leave the garden and every human born after that point would be separated from God’s perfect place because of sin. Mankind would, from then on, live in a world jammed full of wretchedness, depravity and sorrow which is exactly where we find ourselves today. Our own sin separates us from the holiness of God and the perfect place where He dwells.
On the cross, Jesus took our sin. As the once and for all sacrifice, He took the punishment we deserved so that we could inherit the righteousness of Christ. However, as staggering as that reality is, that isn’t the final word.
Revelation 21:1-4 tells us that Jesus is coming back. The day is coming where once again God will dwell with His people. He will restore the beauty of His creation and His people will walk with Him and talk with Him. We will behold His glory and see His face.
Because Jesus died and rose again we know that those who have been saved by grace through faith in Christ we will one day dwell with God in His perfect place.
Amidst all the usual Easter tradition and celebration, let us not fail to remember that because Jesus got up from the grave, we will one day dwell in His presence for eternity in a place of complete joy and happiness.
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”