A while back, I received a Facebook invitation from a sister in church, sharing with me the good news that the much anticipated Jewel in Changi Airport will be opening soon for public preview! After hearing all the exciting news about A&W and Shake Shack, as well as the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, we have all been anticipating it’s opening. This sister had registered for the public preview, and was inviting me to register as well.
It is indeed exciting to be a part of the preview, to witness the Jewel’s amazing architectural achievement and to tell others about it on social media. But far greater than the spectacular achievement of the Jewel, is God’s glorious achievement of redemption for all humanity. Two thousand years ago, some ladies had gone to the tomb of their beloved saviour, expecting to embalm His badly mangled body. Instead, they received the good news that the Jesus who was crucified, bearing the sins of all humanity, has come back to life on the third day. It was such great news that they immediately ran to tell the disciples. But, the question is, what is so good about this news? Allow me to focus on three reasons.
First, Jesus’ resurrection proves that God has absolute sovereignty and power over life and death. In all of human history, mankind has been trying to find a solution to the problem of death. Yet even with our technological advancements, we have only been able to improve the quality of life. However, Jesus’ resurrection proves that God alone created all of life, and only He has the power to overcome the ancient enemy of death. In Christ, death is swallowed up in victory (1 Cor 15:54b-55).
Second, Jesus’ resurrection proves that Jesus is who He said He is. Among all of Jesus’ claims while He was on earth, the most outrageous was His claim that He will be delivered, killed, and that He will raise on the third day (Mk 8:31, 9:31, and 10:34). But, Jesus did rise on the third day as He promised, hence proving that He is indeed all that He claimed to be while He was on earth. He is the Son of God; He is our promised Messiah; He alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn 14:6).
Third, Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope of our own resurrection unto a glorious body (Jn 11:25). “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Cor 15:19-23)
For us who have personally witnessed God’s amazing achievement, how can we not share this news with those who are perishing? Let’s go and share the good news of Christ’s glorious achievement: Jesus is alive! He has conquered death! And He has given us a sure hope for eternal life!
Mrs. Grace Gan