The impact of the three days that are celebrated over Easter — Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection and the events that led up to them — have changed and are changing the world, as the experience of a New York City policeman related below illustrates.
Jesus’ brutal crucifixion devastated the disciples. Their hopes were gone with their Master and Teacher and they hid from the Jewish authorities, fearing for their lives.
But when they saw that what Jesus had been teaching enabled him to triumph over death and hatred, they became fearless, confident in what he had taught them. They now understood. Their Master lived; they would live. Death did not have the final say. Even though the same authorities that killed Jesus threatened them, they went out and spoke freely, demonstrating the power of Christ, divine Truth and Love, to heal and redeem and save.