Christians have been reciting the Apostles’ Creed in its various forms for at least 1,700 years. During the Easter season, when you have a chance to use these venerable words to state what you believe in, put a little extra oomph into the phrase, “I believe in the resurrection of the body.” It’s a big deal.
In fact, the physical resurrection of Christ is the culmination of God’s great work of rescuing the human race. The actual revivification of the Savior’s corpse demonstrates the Father’s approval of the Son’s splendid work on our behalf. God’s favor and forgiveness now rest upon us, and those who believe it have it. The rising of Christ’s body from the tomb also guarantees ours.
Easter celebrates not only the spirit of Christ coming back to life but his body as well. The risen Jesus told his disciples, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have” (Luke 24:38,39).
The magnificent Easter story is for believing and for telling. Let it drive away the troubles and doubts in your mind as it once did for Jesus’ disciples. And let this magnificent triumph always be the heart and core of the church’s message to the world. He’s alive! We are too! He lives forever! We will too!