There was a missionary in Brazil who discovered a tribe of indians living in a remote jungle area. Disease was ravaging their population and they urgently needed medical help.
However, the only clinic was on the other side of a raging river the indians believed was inhabited by evil spirits. In their minds, crossing meant certain death. Although the missionary assured them he’d crossed over it safely many times, they were skeptical. He even waded and splashed water on his face. No luck.
Finally, he placed a dove in the water and it swam under the surface, emerging safely on the other side. Having discredited the river’s powers the missionary raised a triumphant fist. The tribe broke into cheers and followed him across. Great News! Jesus went thru the river of death. He defeated it by submerging, crossing over and rising again on the other side!
Dr. Erwin Lutzer said, “We don’t need a Savior who can just ‘help’ us; we need one who can resurrect us. We don’t need a Savior who helps us when life gets tough; we need one who can help us when life ends.”
Easter proves that Jesus truly is “the resurrection, and the life” John 11:25. As a well known writer said, “He made death look like a 90-pound weakling dressed up in a Charles Atlas suit!” He literally kicked the ends out of the grave, transforming it from a dead-end street into a glorious highway from here to heaven! And Paul says, “He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit.”
Hence, we say, “Happy Easter!”
Larry Davis is the pastor of Little Rock West Assembly of God. Visit the church's home on the Internet by clicking here or send the good reverend an email here.