By Billy Graham • April 3, 2012
Tomorrow, millions of Christians all over the world will celebrate the one event in human history that assures us beyond all doubt that there is life beyond the grave: the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus said, “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19).
Think of it this way: How could we ever know — really know — that death is not the end, but that a more glorious life awaits us after we die? The only way would be for someone to die — and then come back to life and tell us what awaited us after death. And this is what happened with Jesus. His promise came true: “I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go…I will come back and take you to be with me” (John 14:2-3).
Hundreds — even thousands — witnessed His death on that Roman cross outside Jerusalem, and observed His body being taken down, after which it was placed in a sealed and guarded stone tomb. But on the third day, the tomb was empty, and during the next 40 days hundreds witnessed His presence. Their lives were changed, because now they knew that when they died they would be in God’s glorious presence forever.
Don’t go through life without hope, living only for the moment and never understanding why God put you here. Instead, discover the joy that only comes from knowing Christ, as you turn to Him in faith and invite Him to come into your life.