When all is said and done this Easter Sunday, we may be no wiser as to the full meaning of the resurrection. Yet, if Christ has died for us, then there must be something in it for us now that he has risen. If it is in God’s power to make one man transcend the limits of the natural world, then it cannot be beyond him to do the same for us. The Gospel suggests greater things can come of our prayers than maybe we expect with any confidence.
When we eventually all appear before the Judgement seat of Christ (2 Cor 5:10) we will see with greater clarity how much of our lives has borne the character of the Christ within us. Worryingly, we may also see how much we have lived oblivious to him; how much time we have wasted. The Easter message has this one bottom line, that despite all odds and irrespective of our understanding, he has risen. Because he lives, everything we hope for, eternal life included, must start from there.