Phil. 3:10. that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
The resurrection is a historical fact. The resurrection is also a personal experience with the risen Christ. Jesus said, “I AM the Resurrection.” The Christian life is the daily knowledge that Jesus is alive within. Every day in Christ is an Easter!
Wilbur Smith related a chaplain’s story: Many years ago a dying tuberculosis patient heard the Gospel on the radio one Good Friday. When a pastor came by the hospital ward, the patient called him over. “It is Easter today.” “Indeed,” I answered, “it is Good Friday and. . .” He became very quiet. In a moment, “I guess you did not understand. It is Easter today.” With his emaciated white hands, he pointed to his heart. At three o’clock the next morning, the pastor was hurriedly summoned to the hospital. The patient lay at the door of death. His voice was almost gone, as he turned and whispered: “It is Easter today.”