The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Robin L. Quillon

April 8, 2012

Robin L. Quillon | No greater words have ever been spoken

— Throughout the history of the world, there have been many great announcements heralding great achievements and/or discoveries that would forever alter the course of human history.

I think of Alexander Graham Bell, when, in 1867, he spoke into the very first telephone he designed and said, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.” Could Bell ever, in his wildest dreams, imagine just how far his invention would take the human race?

Or consider the proclamation of Neil Armstrong as he stepped onto the surface of the moon in 1969. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

The next day, mankind awoke to a world where anything was possible and his imagination increased exponentially.

The fruits of Armstrong’s mission continue to shape our world today.

Consider the great publication and impact of Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin or Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen’s first X-ray of the human body.

Indeed, there are many more great statements of achievements throughout our history that are too numerous to list.

We all benefit today from the sweat and effort of these great pioneers in their respective fields. Each one sacrificed his or her time, talents and energy so we might enjoy a better life. We owe them all a great debt of gratitude.

However, the effects of these accomplishments by these ingenious people are limited only to those who come after them. For example, the invention of the telephone is of no use to those who lived during the dark ages.

So, let me ask, is there one statement which captures an event or happening that profoundly touches everyone who has lived or will ever live upon this earth?

Is there one proclamation which is the greatest of them all?

I say unequivocally: Yes!

And this announcement was uttered by an angel of God to Mary Magdalene as she visited the Savior’s sepulcher following his Crucifixion, only to discover that his body was missing.

The angel announced to Mary, as recorded in the New Testament: “Why seek ye the living among the dead, for He is not here but has risen!”

Today we celebrate the atoning sacrifice and the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – the only begotten son of our Heavenly Father in the flesh.

I believe that none of us can fully understand what Christ did for us in Gethsemane, but I am thankful for his atoning sacrifice for me.

In his hour of agony, it is recorded, he bled from every pore as he suffered for every sin that was or ever will be committed by mankind. 

He could have stepped away from this awful ordeal, but, thankfully, he did not.

His sacrifice gave us life beyond this mortal existence.

Because of our Savior’s willingness to lay down his life for us, our bodies, like his, will one day be reunited with our spirits, never to be separated again.

His atoning sacrifice enables all mankind the opportunity of walking back into the presence of our Heavenly Father, and, there, enjoy eternal life and all the blessings he has in store for us.

May the spirit and significance of the greatest proclamation ever uttered, “He is not here, but has risen,” fill our hearts with thanksgiving, love and appreciation for the great plan of happiness freely available to all.

Happy Easter!

Robin L. Quillon is publisher of The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at rquillon@tribdem.com.

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