The Day the World Changed

In just a few days, the Christian world will be celebrating the marvel of God’s mighty work of bringing life where there was death and of Jesus being raised from the dead. While not everyone will celebrate Easter, everyone will see at least some momentary glance of the fact that the Christian community is celebrating the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was the day the world changed.

I know there have been momentous days throughout history, but none to equal this. I know that there have been days when storms came through our lives that literally changed the landscape and seemingly changed everything that it touched — but not in the way this event has touched all our lives. I know there have been explosions of volcanoes that may have wiped out entire cities and populations, but still the event did not change the world like this event changed not only this world but the world to come. Easter is the day that the world was changed. For just a few brief moments, let me point out how profoundly the world has been changed.

The world changed because debt turned into deliverance. All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) and we’re going to have to pay our sin debt — or as God provides for us in Christ Jesus, we can be delivered from that debt. At the close of Jesus’ suffering on the cross, He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). That can be literally translated, “The debt is paid in full.” The debt that I owe, that you owe, that humanity owes, all of our sins with all of its pain and agony and ramifications, all of that debt was turned into deliverance as Jesus Himself paid the debt that we could not pay in order to give us a life that we could not have apart from Him. It is a day the world changed.

The world changed because the victim became the victor. It appeared as though Jesus had been captured by soldiers, put through mock trials, led out to Golgotha’s hill to die a tragic, grueling death, and was victim to a plot and plan carried out by Roman soldiers. The truth is that Jesus was not a victim, but soon He would be the victor. He had to pay our sin debt and then He would rise triumphantly from the dead. The victim appeared to be Jesus on the cross. The victor was Jesus out of the tomb. Oh, did the world ever change!

The world changed because it was death to life. They put Him in the tomb and that could be the end of the film. Like most movies, it would flash up on the screen, “The End,” but not so in this case. When Jesus was put in that tomb, the stone was rolled over that great hole. Soon the screen could have on it, “Not The End But The Beginning,” for what appeared to be the conclusion of Easter and the final note of the week was not there at the Garden Tomb. Hanging outside of the tomb ought to have been a great sign saying, “The Beginning.” The Beginning of a New Life. The Beginning of Hope. The Beginning of a Future for You and Me. The Beginning of a life and a world without end had come into existence. The day the world changed.

The world changed because fears became cheers. Listen to the writer of Hebrews who so beautifully describes for us what was taking place. “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14-15). Everyone has some fears in their lives, but probably no greater fear ever existed among human beings as the fear of death.

Scripture says explicitly that Jesus came and died for us so that He could destroy the fear of death.

When you come to know Jesus who loved you, died for you on the cross, and rose again the third day, you can experience the kind of cheers that must have come on that Easter Sunday morning when the word spread all over the area: “He is not here: for he is risen” (Matt. 28:6). Go tell His disciples. Go tell everybody Jesus is alive. He is not here. He is truly alive forevermore. We celebrate the living Christ! Truly, the world changed, and if you’ve never met Him, today you can trust Him as Lord and Savior, put your faith in Him, and you can find that today in your life the world will change.

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Jim Futral

Executive Director-Treasurer