This is my favorite Easter message! The Day “Him” Became “It” and “It” Became Him.“”Notice in the Gospels, before death, Jesus was referred to as “Him.” “They bound Him, led Him, delivered Him, betrayed Him, examined Him, stripped Him, clothed Him, saluted Him, worshipped Him, mocked Him, spit upon Him, smote Him, chastised Him, scourged Him, unclothed Him, and crucified Him.” Pilate cried, “Release Him… let Him go.” They led Him… to crucify Him, followed Him, offered Him vinegar, gave Him to drink, and finally crucified Him. Before death, He was referred to as “Him.” After death, His body was referred to as “It.” “And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb” (Matt. 27:59-60). “Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes” (John 19:40). “and begged the body of Jesus. And he took itdown, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre” (Luke 23:52-53). After death, His body was referred to as “it” not “Him.” But after the resurrection, “It” (His body)became “Him” again! The angel said, “He is risen; He is not here…tell His disciples and Peter that He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him (not “it”). “tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth…into Galilee: there shall ye see him” (Mark 16:7). On Friday He died; “Him” became “It.” On Sunday He arose; “It” became “Him.” After His resurrection (pardon my grammar), “Him” got back in “It” and “It” became “Him” again. If “Him” had not become “It” and “It” had not become “Him,” our hope and faith is in vain. “But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain…And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” (I Cor. 15:13-17). No one is saved without the resurrection, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Rom. 10:9). The resurrection validated and confirmed that Jesus Christ is the risen Saviour, the Son of God. The resurrection was God’s “Amen” to Christ saying, “It is finished!” Because He lives, we also shall live! (I Thess. 5:10). He is risen. He is risen indeed! Only Christianity has a risen Saviour! This is the true meaning of Easter!