C.S. Lewis once wrote, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” Is seeing believing? Enlightenment comes through realizing significance and meaning. What we believe can influence everything we do. It’s a bit like putting on glasses for the first time or having cataract surgery – there is clarity – colors are brighter, angles are sharper, features are clearer. Resurrection is not just a theoretical or historical possibility; it is seen in the lives that have been changed, the influence that has spread, and the new reality that has been created. We could argue for the eye witness accounts of the resurrection and the unexpected shift of courage of eleven men in hiding who suddenly became ambitious advocates for a seemingly impossible event. They risk life and limb to argue the case for a man coming back to life. Eleven people do not have the same simultaneous hallucination. Yet, it is the power of changed lives that continues to argue the case more authentically than anything else. Not some distant resurrection day but a real life resurrection of a change that is possible today. We are different because we experience death and resurrection and new life with new possibilities and new hope. Faith means you trust the future to the One who created you. The resurrection now means that you have the chance to live a new life NOW. In a very real sense you are a new woman or a new man today. You are living as a part of an eternal world already. Things have shifted – they have changed. The power of love and light has conquered the weakness of hate and darkness. You are now employed by the eternal to share what is a cure to deathly hopelessness. You are an ambassador of love and hope. “He is not here…you will find him where it all began…he has gone ahead of you…he will meet you.” This is the message. A new day has dawned – a leader has risen – a guide to your future is among us – there is hope – don’t be afraid anymore – have courage – the possibilities are endless.