The Christian celebration of Easter honors the resurrection of Jesus, the ultimate model of all that is good. The significance of Jesus overcoming death, near the close of his human experience of healing and redeeming humanity through his words and works, connects today to our natural yearning to rise out of hopelessness to a state of peace and salvation. Jesus’ unparalleled event touches human hearts with the powerful presence of the Christ, Truth—the timeless, living Word of God that comes to each one of us. This practical, active presence, which awakens us to the spiritual truth of our being—our Godlikeness—makes the resurrection relatable to daily problems now, in this challenging era.
Jesus’ triumph showed to all humanity what it can mean to surmount intractable material conditions. He showed that our real, true being is unchanged by the experiences we undergo. Simply put, Jesus’ resurrection tells us that life and goodness are immortal. Death does not have the last word. So the question is: How can the fearful or heavy things in our own lives be redeemed—be overcome or healed? Jesus was modeling the ultimate of what we can all do by degrees in our lives today.
In a materialistic age, it might seem difficult to understand and accept how anyone could recover from what appears to us to be an irreversible occurrence, such as death. But many of us resurrect a sense of joy after hearing bad news. Or find a feeling of hope after despair about the state of the world. Or a sense of purpose when change takes life in an unexpected direction.