I’ve always heard the phrase, “It’s a matter of life and death.” It means that something is REALLY important. If it doesn’t happen, or you make the wrong decision, or something gets in the way then life as you know it will be over. Death ensues literally, or sometimes only figuratively. Either way, something that is a matter of life and death is REALLY important. If it ends well you live, if not? It’s over.
Or is it? Easter flips this completely upside down. Easter isn’t a matter of life or death, but a matter of death and LIFE! The order is REALLY important. If death comes last then we’re in real trouble. The angel’s words to the women at the tomb recorded in Luke remind us that Jesus has overturned the normal order of things: “Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified, and on the third day be raised again.’”
Death THEN life. That’s a new order of events! Death is no longer the final step. The grave isn’t the end. LIFE happens AFTER death! Easter turns over the normal order of things. It’s not longer a matter of life and death, but Easter is a matter of death and LIFE!
Thank you Jesus for defeating death and bringing LIFE. Amen!