In the Gospel of John, there is a fascinating description of something that happened shortly before the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus. Many of these people were the same ones that waved palm branches a few days before as Jesus rode into Jerusalem. And yet John writes,
“But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him.”
Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me. 45 For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.” John 12:37, 44-46 NLT
He was going to the cross to give every human being on the planet a chance for redemption. He would be crucified and buried but would raise up within three days to offer salvation to all people.
That is the story of Easter. It is the story of hope, new life and a light shining into a dark world. John says, “He shouted to the crowd . . .” He is still calling, above the noise of a sinful and very broken world to any that will hear. The invitation is for all. Come out of the darkness and into the glorious light of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is risen! He is risen indeed!