It changes everything! – Marshall Democrat-News

by Bob G. Stewart Journalist

I keep hearing people talk about all the changes happening in the world today. Food prices are rising. In some places, the availability of food and other supplies is insufficient. Prices for automotive fuel, heating oil and diesel fuel are all at very high levels. And, again, we hear about wars and possible wars, and maybe even a nuclear exchange. Yes, there are definitely changes afoot.

We all know, however, that there are – and will be – moments in time when – all of a sudden, something happens and everything changes. There are so many examples of this that it’s almost hard to choose.

I was recently thinking of a scene from Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”. In the second installment of the film version – called “The Two Towers” – all people and armies on the “good” side are locked in Helms Deep, which is a protective armory and refuge inside a cave. They are just trying to fend off the evil armies. Of course, it’s bad. It’s really bad. They are losing the battle.

There’s a moment in the scene where all the great warriors are there and they decide they’re going to put on a show of force, for the glory of it all. They’re sure they’re all going to die, but they chose to swing, in a burst of glory you might say. If you read or watch this scene, you’re sitting there thinking, “Oh man, this is going to be really bad.”

Then they ride out – swords drawn ready to meet their end. All of a sudden, Gandalf the White appears on top of the mountain, and the sun rises behind him, and he has all the horsemen of Rohan (The Rohirrim) and other soldiers with him. At that moment, you realize things have gotten real, and now everything is changing.

When “all of a sudden” – in an instant – everything changes, that is a powerful reality.

The empty tomb of Jesus is one of those moments – one of those moments that changes everything! The fact that this tomb is empty changes everything. Not just for us as individuals, but for the world. And not just for the sake of the story, but for who we are, how we live, and why we live the way we live.

In his first letter to the believers in Corinth, the apostle Paul said: “Except Christ be risen, your faith is in vain; you are all still in your sins.

It’s that simple. If Christ is still dead, then he cannot be our saviour. He was not the Son of God. And he died like all men.

More than that, the gates of heaven are always locked. However, if Christ is indeed risen, as the Scriptures teach and as testified by hundreds of witnesses (none of whom – incidentally – has ever recanted his testimony despite threats – and death for many of them), then we have humanity’s ultimate hope: eternal life with the God who created us and the certainty of life after the grave.

When I think of what it would take to be prepared for the changes we may face in the near future, I think of how we should all prepare our souls for what is to come – as much, if not more, than we could prepare physically.

At this moment, I can’t help but think back to that morning in the garden when the angel spoke to the women who had come to heal their master’s body. The angel simply says, “He’s not here, he’s risen.”

And that, my friends, changes everything.

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