Community Bible Church

“An Exclamation Mark”

“He is not here, but He has risen.” Luke 24:6

  

Joe LoMusion in If I Should Die Before I Live, writes the following account: If I were to ask you to describe Easter without using any words, you could only use punctuation marks, which punctuation mark would you choose to describe this Easter for yourself? Maybe this Easter is a comma for you. It makes you stop, pause, think and listen, but that’s about it. Perhaps today is a downer—a big bold period. You thoughts you’d feel excited, but instead it seems to be more like an empty ritual. You feel like you’re not on the inside, but on the outside…an onlooker.

It was a day when life felt like a period for Jesus’ disciples. He was dead. He was buried. An end to expectations. But wait—news of an empty tomb… the period is no longer a period, it’s a question mark. That’s worse than a period. Now they’re beginning to doubt. Where is he? They’re perplexed. The guards are gone, the stone is rolled away. He is not there. And if not there, where?

An angel speaks, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and how He must by crucified, and the third day He must rise again.” Of course they remembered! The period was gone. The question marks are removed. There is one massive exclamation point!

That’s what Easter is all about…an exclamation of gratitude and of praise for the resurrection of Jesus Christ and for the salvation His victory over death brought to us. (Taken from Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations and Quotes).

Luke reminds us that the resurrection was a truth, a living reality that the disciples had yet to understand, realize, and embrace. But once they experienced the risen Christ for themselves, there was no stopping the force of their faith upon the world.

It should cause us to consider the same: if you were to use only punctuation to describe what Resurrection Sunday means to you, what would you choose? How would you describe the reality of Christ’s resurrection for you today? Are there still questions? Mere pauses or simply periods? Or do you experience the exclamation mark of His work? Give it serious thought.

And if indeed you have arrived at a place of exclamation, does it impel your faith as an unstoppable force upon this world? You see, the resurrection of Christ is not the end of the story of faith; it is merely the beginning of a grand and glorious adventure. The story Luke tells continues on in Acts where these early men and women of faith took the truth of resurrection life to the streets—living, speaking, practicing, committing to the truth of their new lives in Christ.

Indeed, what does the resurrection mean for you? And what will you do with it in these times? Like Paul in Acts 28:31, he “…preached the kingdom of God and taught concerning the Lord Jesus with all openness….” Maybe it is time we scripted Acts 29…the testimony of a new generation of Christ followers who are willing to live His resurrection life.

That would be awesome! Enjoy an incredible holy season.

Blessing on the Journey,

Pastor Dewayne