In 2003, TIME
magazine ran a feature titled “80 Days That Changed the World.” The list included such notable historical events as Hitler’s invasion of Poland and the first motion picture. In 2013, The Atlantic
polled a handful of scholars and writers with a similar question: What day most changed the course of history? Answers ranged from the invention of the microscope to the Gutenberg printing press to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
All of these days and events represent important turning points or milestones that changed the course of history, but none of them correctly answer the question about the most important day that changed the world. The day that changed everything was the day that God raised Jesus to eternal life after He had been crucified and buried for three days. The day of Jesus’ resurrection is the pivotal moment in all of history.
This month Christians around the world will celebrate Easter—Resurrection Day—to commemorate the day that changed the world. The resurrection of Jesus meant that God had signaled the final defeat of sin and death. Their power to claim humanity and separate us from God was broken through Jesus’ death and resurrection. The resurrection set the stage for the final victory of God to come at the end of history, when Satan is defeated forever and God’s people dwell with Him (see Revelation 19–22).
The resurrection was a historical event, not just a mythical wish or an emotional comfort. Because Jesus was raised from death to life, His resurrection not only changes history—it changes our lives. We have hope for eternal life with God, and this hope is not based on a wish but on historical truth. We are able to receive salvation from sin because of the work of Jesus. We are able to fellowship with God because Jesus made a way for us to know Him (see Phil. 3:10, Heb. 4:14–16).
The resurrection of Jesus is the day that changes everything. This month, as we prepare to celebrate Easter, may it continue to change our lives in order to bring glory to God. This month the student music ensembles from Moody Bible Institute are touring in the United States and Canada. Women’s Concert Choir, Men’s Collegiate Choir, Moody Chorale, and Moody Symphonic Band lead listeners in inspired worship through excellence in music. To see if they will be in your area, check their touring calendar online: www.moody.edu/concert-calendar.