Sunday, April 8, 2012
"And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split." (Matthew 27:50-51)
"In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, 'Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: "The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again."'" (Luke 24:5-7)
It was the greatest triumph, right after what some people thought was the worst defeat. The most terrible setback was transformed. The inevitable was defeated from the inside. All of this could be summed up, shouted by millions of people all across the world, shining a light into the darkness, the hope of them all and the joy of all nations put forth into three electric words. And it was so powerful that not even death could stop it. Triumph at last! Let the horns resound! The darkness trembles, for—
HE IS RISEN!