After 29 years in ministry, and 26 of those years in the same Warsaw church, I’ve preached a lot of Easter sermons, and presided over 26 Northern Neck Sunrise services. I’ve stopped trying to be “new” and “original” on the resurrection Sunday. After all, the Bible devotes precious few words regarding the Easter narrative. The four accounts are each only about 400 words long. Barely longer than this article. Not a lot of material to draw from there! Yet that single event, that one Sunday morning, changed the world like no other event in human history.
Whether you believe the eyewitness accounts or not, Easter morning profoundly affected the world. And it wasn’t Jesus’ teaching, or philosophy, or kindness, or radicalism, or social consciousness that turned the world on its ear . . . it was that He . . . like no other human in history . . . proved his power over everything; even death. The one thing men fear most, the grave, had no authority over the very Son of God. The evidence is overwhelming. Over 500 people attested to it. When Jesus Christ walked out of His chilled damp grave, He brought with him the keys to a door marked “Hope.”
It is said that the hinge of history is hung on the door of a Bethlehem stable. If that is true, then the lamp of hope sits just outside an empty grave near Jerusalem. People have done a lot of bad things in the name of religion. But they’ve also profoundly changed the world for the better because of the hope brought in Jesus’ resurrection. Christians and Christian organizations have started more hospitals for the sick, Universities for those yearning to learn, and groups to help the troubled than any other single group of people – by far. It’s true. The world was turned on its ear that morning. And nothing has ever been the same.
Comfort for the distraught, answers for the seeker, direction for the lost, courage for the fearful and hope for the hopeless. All of that walked out of the tomb on Easter morning.