Approaching Easter for 2013, it is apparent that each celebration of Christ’s resurrection from now on, has more significance than at any other time in history. The reason is simple; what is known as the “first resurrection” (Rev 20: 5, 6) is according to prophecy not very far away.
Yes, this writer is aware of the pagan roots of the holiday we now call Easter, but we are addressing the heart of the matter here, not the misguided perception. The heart is resurrection, nothing more.
What Easter is Not!
People who only darken the door of the church on Christmas and Easter are not likely to have any knowledge of how these holy days really came about and if they were to ask, they would most likely get a standard religious answer based on that church’s view, rather than a scripturally based explanation.
If the resurrection was only meant to signify the coming of spring, new life, the joy of rabbits and Easter eggs, or even the beauty of orchids, lilies and flowers it would make Christ’s death on the cross a rather foolish act. It would be an object lesson that reaches to the furthest corners of goofy to extract a lesson. Without the clarifying light of scripture such a celebration would become ersatz – or is it too late already, has perception already overtaken reality?
Resurrection of Christ – A Promise and a Stamp of Approval
Christ’s resurrection, rather than merely being a cause to celebrate spring, is a promise that one day we will all be resurrected. When Jesus used ‘verily verily’ to precede a statement it was a signal to take heed. It was fair warning that the truth within his declaration was a surety not a wistful or pious platitude open to many interpretations and debate. One such declaration was his promise that one day; we will all see our own resurrection.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” (Jn 5: 25)
When the lepers, the blind and every kind of disease was healed during Christ’s public ministry it was to verify his deity. It was proof to a dying world that they were witnessing the works of the Creator and Master of Life. The final verification, his resurrection, was the capstone and full stamp of approval from God the Father that Jesus was indeed his only begotten son.
In reality, God did not approve Jesus because he was resurrected, but rather his approval came because Christ – is the resurrection.
“Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. (Jn 11: 23-25)
The Resurrection and Prophecy – Inextricably Entwined
Prophecy contains pictures of future events, the last day’s falling away, the coming of Antichrist, the destruction of Muslim invading armies on the plains and hills of Israel and much more.