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Our World Changed Forever

By: Rev. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com columnist

web posted April 2, 2007

COLUMN – There have been a number of events that have changed the course of history. There have been a number of innovations that have enhanced life as we know it. There have been a number of historical figures who have left an indelible imprint upon this world. But when you think about it, whether tyrant or genius, liberation or oppression, progression or digression, they can all be placed into a category occupied by a number of similar people or events.  After all, was not Christopher Columbus the Shuttle pilot of his day? Wasn’t Johannes Gutenberg the Microsoft of his day?

These individuals, the events and the innovations they brought forth, changed our world for a period of time. But there came a time where their contributions gave way to something better, bigger, smarter, and would meet the growing need of society. Just about everything needs to be changed, deleted, or improved upon over the course of time. Everything—that is--except for the one, single greatest event in history. It is the only thing that has not been improved, changed, or gone out of style. Its impact has not lessened and it will never be duplicated or imitated.

Throughout history, we have never seen so much rest upon the validity of one single event. Its effect has not rippled through time like a pebble in a pond but rather it has changed the very course of human nature.  It hit this world like a boulder in a puddle. The angelic proclamation of this event signaled its priceless and unique nature. Why do you seek the living One among the dead?

They had seen Jesus die. They saw the agony of the cross, the spear thrust into His side and their hearts broke as He breathed His last. And now the women stood before an empty tomb with a myriad of human explanations serving only to increase their fear and grief. Death has stolen Him away from them and now someone had stolen His body.

Stumbling in grief and blinded by tears, Mary Magdalene made her way out of the garden. There she encountered a man who she thought had to be the gardener. Her tears clouded both her eyes and ears as she begged him to tell her where the body of Jesus had been taken. And then it happened. The greatest event in human history became real and personal with one single word, “Mary.”

He had said her name hundreds of times throughout the years but now this one word brought it all into picture perfect clarity. He was who He said He was: the one, the only Savior and Lord. The world could execute Him but the grave could not hold Him. He broke the bonds of sin and separation and as the stone was rolled away, the doorway to God reopened for you and me.

And it all became real with the sound of a name. Easter is not just a holiday. It is the holiday. Without it, it all means nothing. Without the resurrection, Jesus was just another good teacher and prophet. All of faith hinges upon this one event. And throughout the years that have followed, the risen Lord continues to call our name. It is a call to come out of ourselves with all its limitations and frailty and into a new life built into His image of love and grace. It is call to the power of a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus. It is a call to the reality of hope in both this world and the one to come.

You cannot find the Lord among the dying things of this world. He is the living One who alone can give new life and purpose. This Easter move beyond a holiday and make it a celebration of the new life you have found in Christ, the living One. I’ll see you in His House as we celebrate the resurrection together.

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