Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.
A family was watching The Greatest Story Ever Told, a film on the life of Christ. One of the children in the family was deeply moved. As Jesus journeyed to Calvary, tears rolled down her cheeks. She silently sat until Jesus was taken down from the cross and put into the tomb. Then she suddenly grinned and shouted excitedly, “Now comes the good part!”
Now comes the good part! Indeed it does! The resurrection of our Lord is the basis of our faith. Without it, we would be lost! Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
The gospel would be meaningless. . . . if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved (Romans 10:9).
Forgiveness of sins would be hopeless. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins (1 Corinthians 15:17).
Future life would be worthless. Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you (John 14:1-2).
Do you understand what is at stake? If there is no resurrection, there is no Gospel; if there is no Gospel, there is no forgiveness of sin; if there is no forgiveness of sin, there is no present joy; if there is no present joy, there is no future hope. We may sit silently during part of this life; we may shed abundant tears of sadness as we watch and wait. But just remember that Christ is preparing a place for us in His Father’s house . . . and then comes the good part!