When Mary Magdalene, Salome and Mary the mother of James went to Jesus’ tomb with spices to anoint the One they loved, they found themselves in the center of the most celebrated and monumental event of all-time: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Because this event happened, the Christian faith became real, Jesus was proven to be God Himself, hope was born and death was conquered forever. This event turned the world upside down, giving hope and life to all generations.
But the Resurrection is more than an event.
Not long before his own death and resurrection, Jesus offered comforting words to Martha after her brother Lazarus died:
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
The Resurrection is an event, yes, but it is also a Person.
Jesus was not only the One who was resurrected, He is the One who resurrects those who believe in Him — giving spiritual life to those who were once spiritually dead.
After stating His power over death and his identity as both the Resurrection and Life, Jesus asked Martha, “Do you believe this?”
Martha’s answer encourages the same response from us:
“Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
This Easter let’s remember both the Event and Person of the Resurrection.