In Hollywood, hype is a popular form of promotion. Thus, when producers believe their project is going to be a hit, money is invested in commercials to wet the pallet of consumers. Sometimes this is an effective tool, but its not a blue print for success. When a film, product or show does live up the the expectations based upon the hype, disappointment follows. This is not the case for those who witnessed Resurrection Sunday.
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship, Hebrews 10:1.
For the Jews, this day was like a catch 22. The tradition of an earthly temple and priest offering sacrifices for sin was thrown out the window and flushed down the toilet. Thus, Jesus threatened to remove those in power from their lofty positions. On the other hand, the social outcasts, those forced to move outside of the city gates because of being labeled as unclean were provided an open door, direct access to the king of kings and Lord of lords.
For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit., Ephesians 2:18.
Easter Sunday is the culmination of years of prophecy fulfilled. Thus, the promises of the Bible are no longer just a shadow, they are reality. According to the apostle Paul, one of these good things is a clear connection to God the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit. Although, temptation and the power of sin still exist, grace, forgiveness and mercy is available day after day. Therefore, as you experience another Easter, may the good things of Christ keep bringing you back week after week.
by Jay Mankus