By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor
“And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.”
Most of the time when we think about Easter, we think about the fact that we get to go to heaven when we die, and that is true. Jesus is preparing a place for us where, when we die, we will be with him forever. It’s a place where we will be in glory with the Father. We will be in his loving care, and there will not be another tear shed. It will be beautiful, it will be wonderful, and you have nothing to be afraid of in that regard.
Nevertheless, Jesus’ main reason for raising himself from the dead and wanting to save us was not just so that we could go to heaven when we die. Jesus’ goal was to bring heaven to earth. That’s why Jesus continually preaches the kingdom of heaven is at hand; he says that all the time. That was Jesus’ message.
Jesus was resurrected from the dead because he wants to save this world. Jesus died on the cross to save our souls from sin, but he was also resurrected from the dead because he wants to save everyone in this world.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for bringing heaven to earth through your Son, my Lord Jesus. Amen.
Reflection: How do you experience heaven on earth?