I believe in the Resurrection. In fact, my whole faith is based on the promise of the Resurrection. I believe that Jesus was dead, buried and rose again. I believe when He rose again it wasn’t just an idea in someone’s mind; it wasn’t as some disembodied spirit floating around. I believe that when Jesus rose from the dead, He rose in physical form; He could be touched, He could eat and He was in one place at one time. I believe in the empty tomb and in the promise of eternal life that the Resurrection brings.
If that was all the Resurrection meant, it would still be the promise I hold onto . . . it would still be the basis of my faith. But what if the Resurrection means something more? What if the Resurrection means more than resurrection of the dead? What if the Resurrection means more than some fulfillment of a promise about a future life yet to come? What if the Resurrection is also about resurrection for the living? What if the Resurrection promises not just life, but new life, abundant life, right here and right now? Resurrection declares that the world matters.
What is it you need to experience life? Are you afraid? I believe because of the Resurrection, we can hear the word of peace, Shalom Aleikhem. Are you filled with doubt? I believe because of the Resurrection, we can hear the word of assurance that this faith is real. Are you burdened with guilt? I believe because of the Resurrection, we can hear the word of forgiveness and grace.
No matter what brought you here this morning or what condition your heart is in, the Resurrection has a word for you. The word is life; not plain, ordinary life but the abundant life Jesus offered. And I believe because of the Resurrection, this life is available not only in eternity but right here and right now!
The promise is here, and it begins with the simple words: I believe!