Grant Osborne on the Resurrection
“The darkness that hung over the land for the last three hours of the crucifixion, symbolizing the death of hope, yielded to the the life of the light of God, and Jesus the Risen Lord came forth from the tomb! In him and in this event lies the hope of humanity, and that hope has been realized.
We have been lifted out of the depths of despair that the reality of this life must produce apart from the Jesus event. In his resurrection we enter a new potential and a new reality that replaces defeat with victory, despair with joy, the decay of death with life for eternity.”
– Grant Osborne in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Matthew