One of my favorite verses is 1 Corinthians 15:55: "Oh death, where is your sting? Oh hell, where is your victory?"
It is so simple, yet encompasses all we celebrate on Easter.
Death, which wracks our world with pain and grief. Death which does not discriminate, which to our minds is the worst possible that could touch our lives -- to be separated from the people we love. It's quite a claim... victory over death. It says there is more...
Jesus has conquered. Jesus has won. God, our omnipresent, omnipotent, most high God, who is before and after, who cannot be contained by heaven and earth, chose us! It was his good pleasure for all things to dwell in him.
I hope for every believer that the story of the cross never grows old. We can't really wrap our minds around it... but I hope it always enthralls and brings people to their knees.
"For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross." Colossians 1:19