I entered this broken world separated from the God who created it as well as who created me. The reality for me on that cold January morning was this—I was helpless and hopeless.
Except for one thing.
Two thousand years earlier, an event happened that changed everything. A stone weighing about two thousand pounds that had been sealed at the burial site of a Jewish rabbi named Jesus suddenly rolled open. A woman named Mary Magdalene came early in the morning while it was still dark and saw the open tomb. Immediately, she ran to the followers of Jesus and told them what she had observed. The men then ran towards the tomb themselves to see whether this report was true. They even went inside the empty tomb, where they saw folded grave clothes, but no body.
For the next forty days following this discovery, Jesus would appear to over five hundred people and then ascend into heaven. This is the very best news we can hear, and this good news changes everything.
The Heidelberg Catechism, question 45, puts it this way:
How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us?
First, by his resurrection he has overcome death,
so that he might make us share in the righteousness
he obtained for us by his death.
Second, by his power we too
are already raised to a new life.
Third, Christ’s resurrection is a sure
pledge to us of our blessed resurrection.