“What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have Him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.” 1 Peter 1:3-5 (MSG)
The Resurrection of Jesus is a cosmic event with a personal impact. In the lives of the Roman centurion, Thomas, Simon Peter, Mary Magdalene, and others, we see images of ourselves. Maybe they are reflections of us at different stages of life, or maybe they remind us of recurring situations in our lives. They were ordinary people like you and me. They were in need of a miracle, just as we are.
The death and Resurrection of Jesus is an event that often is thought of as being for the unbeliever, perhaps like the Roman centurion. It is that, but it is more. It is also for the one who is close to belief, and in some ways does believe, but has some questions and doubts. Like Thomas, we need the miracle of assurance that Jesus brings to us; we need to touch His wounds.
The death and Resurrection of Jesus is also a miracle for those whose lives are marked by great ups and downs, as Peter’s life was, with its soaring successes and depressing failures. And there is the moment of intimate reunion with Jesus looking into our eyes and saying, “I trust you, and I’m not through with you.” The Resurrection of Jesus is a miracle of His remarkable connection with you in a garden when He speaks your name, and you turn and run into His arms.
In all these ways, the Resurrection is the personal miracle you’ve been seeking. The degree and dimension of Jesus’ sacrifice, the brilliance of God’s grace in giving His Son to die for our sin, and the extraordinary triumph of Christ’s Resurrection make this the Grand Miracle. Through this, Jesus overcame death. Through this, Jesus conquered evil. Through this, Jesus transformed life for all eternity. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!