The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the beginning of a parallel existence. It was not just an optional continuation of the same existence… it marked the beginning of another world. It was the first breath of a new life. The resurrection accomplished something no amount of mortal labor or ingenuity could ever pull off: it made death a temporary event instead of a permanent state. For believers Jesus’ resurrection moved death from the fixed headline of eternity to the fleeting margin of a moment.
Resurrection isn’t just a road built to extend the cul-de-sac of our lives… it is a new road without any intersection with our old crumbling dead-end existence. I know this sounds unreasonable, but we can’t just make a turn and get there… by faith we must begin there. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
I realize our struggles sometimes make us think we are on the old road, but that sensation will only last until we breeze past the mile-marker of death. You see, Jesus is waiting for us at that mile marker, and He will control things there until the last of the saved pass by… “then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”