Two Days that Changed the World Forever
"I [Jesus] am He that lives, and was dead; and, behold I am alive for evermore; Amen; and have the keys of hell and death."1
I recall reading about a father who was caught with his two young daughters in a snow storm and lost his way. When night fell he wrapped his jacket around his two girls and lay on top of them to stop them from freezing to death. The next day they were found by a search party. The two girls were alive and safe, but the father had frozen to death. He gave his life to save the ones he loved.
That is what Jesus did for you and me. He gave his life on the Roman cross some 2,000 years ago to pay for the consequences of our sin—death; that is, spiritual and eternal death which is not the cessation of life but eternal separation from God, the Author and Creator of all love and life. But when Jesus rose from the grave He forever overcame the power of death and sin. In so doing, He guaranteed resurrection and eternal life for all who accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior. These two days [occasions] are the two days that changed the world forever!
Rivi Zacharias expresses Christ's death and resurrection simply yet profoundly in the following words: "The disciples were the ones marked out for death. Those who survived Jesus were really the dead. And He, Jesus, the dead One, was really the living One."
And because Jesus is the Living One—the day He rose from the grave was the day that changed the world forever. And the day that you and I commit our life to Him and receive His free pardon is the day that will change our life—for all eternity. Forever!
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, how can I ever thank You enough for Your great sacrifice in giving Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross in my place to pay the ransom price for all my sins? And dear Jesus, because You died for me, help me to love You as I ought and to live all the days of my life to serve You faithfully and always for Your glory. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Revelation 1:18 (KJV).