The Chapter after the Last

Matthew says, “And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb.” Mark says, “And he [Joseph] bought fine linen, and took him [Jesus] down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulcher, which was hewn out of a rock.” Luke writes, “And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.” John says, “. . . There was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre . . . There laid they Jesus.” They all agree: Jesus was dead. The life about which they had been writing was gone; the biography was ended. Then for the only time in this history of human thought, a biographer adds to his book a new section, which is authentic biography and begins to write a chapter to follow the last chapter. This time the story did not end with a funeral. The Subject, whose story should have ended at death, was once again back among men to challenge new writers to try to find enough paper and enough ink to write the rest of the story of the life that can never end. Whatever is written of Him now is written of a living man. He was dead, but He is alive forevermore.


We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4


What if Christ had not risen? That demonstration of His post-resurrection power would be absent. Those promises of His unfulfilled—the coming of the Holy Spirit, the presence of Christ with us, His intercession for us, His coming again.


Forgive me, Lord, for failure to live in the experience of Your resurrection power. You declare that I died with You and may know new life just as You were raised from the dead.