There is darkness and gloom in this fallen world, but Christ has conquered the world.
As I've written before, it is the most audacious thing in the world to believe the Easter message. And that message is this: death is temporary. When we encounter death, it feels like a permanent separation, an ending of our relationships. But because Jesus rose from the dead, He has conquered death. Now, death is "falling asleep" and we are all waiting for the new day to dawn!
A few years ago, I lost my beloved mother. This year, my wife lost her beloved father. Easter reminds us that death is not the solid, impenetrable wall of separation that many believe. There is a gate. And now, because of Christ, the gate swings both ways. We will be reunited with those we love. We will hold their hands and embrace them in our arms.
Jesus has given a permanent hope to the world that will shine brightly until the world's ending.
All things will pass away in this world, even nations and empires. But the hope of Easter will never fade from the memory of the world. It is a permanent spike in the ground that pierces the temporary nature of this universe and gives us a glimpse into our eternal destiny.
He is Risen.
He is Risen.