The year was 33 A.D. The week was, scholars believe, March 29-April 5. This week is without a doubt the most important week in all of history. Into the outskirts of Jerusalem riding on a donkey came One who would change everything. The people praised triumphantly over the excitement of this King and His coming Kingdom. This initial crowd was largely filled with Galileans and disciples of Jesus. They said, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11:9-10) 5 days later by the time the morning of Friday April 3 came, the coming Kingdom looked completely crushed because the King was hanging on a cross. Shouts again filled the air, but this time it was not triumphant. It was horrific. A different crowd filled with Pharisee’s, other Jewish leaders, Roman soldiers, and common town-folk did not scream out “Hosanna!” but screamed out “Crucify!” (Mark 15:13) Jesus died that day. The Disciples went into hiding not knowing what to do. The rest of that Friday, all of Saturday, and Sunday morning they were lonely and frightened. Until, in triumph over death Jesus rose from death, remaking the very fabric of life. Seen first by a few women, then by His disciples, then by many, many, more.
From that moment on, now, and until Jesus returns we will celebrate this monumental event called the Resurrection. What is known to some as Easter is known to others as Resurrection Sunday. What you call it doesn’t matter. What does matter is though it’s been 1,981 years since the resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God, this event is still as applicable and powerful today as it was the day it took place. To make much of this event and its continuing application today we will be looking into Romans 6:5-11 and the fruit of resurrection.