Lacking the colorful plumage of her mate, this Red-winged Blackbird made an emergency landing after a mid-air battle with another female, all to the tune of the male warbling his courtship song. With the wind blowing and the other female poised to pounce, this bird was swaying wildly, but seemed reluctant to seek better footing elsewhere. The other bird was in a similar predicament, also precariously perched on a bending tule, but with a slightly better vantage point.
A couple thousand years ago, two other females also found themselves in an odd situation. Mary Magdalene and another Mary arrived at the tomb of Jesus Christ to anoint the body. Upon their arrival, instead of a corpse, they encountered an angel who said, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said” (Matthew 28:5-6). We are told that they quickly left with “fear and great joy” to share the news with His disciples. Along the way, the risen Christ met them, telling them to “Rejoice!” Since that very first Easter morning, Christians have been rejoicing over the good news that Jesus Christ lives!
The resurrection provides believers firm footing on the solid rock that is the living Christ. So what does this actually mean? I found the following quote which sums it up pretty well…
“The Christian’s faith must be always upon the resurrection of Christ; and in that glorious resurrection he shall not only see continual joy and consolation, but also victory and triumph over all persecution, sin, death, hell, the devil, and all other tyrants and persecutors of Christ and of Christ’s people; the tears and weeping of the faithful dried up; their wounds healed; their bodies made immortal in joy; their souls forever praising the Lord, in conjunction and society everlasting with the blessed company of God’s elect, in perpetual joy.” (Excerpted from Bible Illustrations, author unknown)