“I wish I could do it all over again;” “I wish I could take it back.” These phrases depict some of the times in my life when I have hurt, insulted, or denigrated someone. When I have said or did someone wrong, my heart’s cry is to turn the tables around, push the rewind button, start over. Often, I can’t. Redemption escapes me. There is no way to make what I did wrong, right. “I’m sorry” does not clear my conscience and alleviate the remorse I feel.
Yet, I have found hope in the resurrection. The resurrection provides forgiveness, reassurance, and transformation. The story of the Passion of Christ offers all who have found themselves in situations which are unredeemable, hope and healing. Through the resurrection story, I realize the great lengths God went through to provide forgiveness in places where forgiveness by people could not penetrate. In the depth of my soul, the forgiveness found in Jesus travels so that I can once again operate in peace and soundness of mind and spirit.
This gives me reassurance that all hope is not lost when sins against humanity cannot be repaired. God reassures me through forgiveness that God is with me and that God still loves me. I can begin again; even when I deny Christ, desert Christ’s teachings, or distance myself from the Christian faith, I can return to the cross and find forgiveness and reassurance.
Finally, the resurrection provides transformation; I am changed from the inside out. As John Wesley aptly spoke, “My heart is strangely warmed.” An encounter with Jesus and his Passion Story opens my heart to God and provides insight I could not have attained otherwise. I can be changed; I do not have to remain the same. God is a God of another chance; God’s mercy is limitless and his grace is aboundingly efficacious.
Doors to a new life are opened for me through the resurrection; the resurrection means forgiveness, assurance, and transformation to me.