When Jesus rose from the grave, it took time for the implications to be recognized. The growth of the Church made people nervous. The destruction of Jerusalem was recognized too late by some. Another couple of centuries passed before it really became understood, as a public fact, that a new world had come.
It just occurred to me last Sunday that we are nineteen years away from Easter 2000 (at least that is my current understanding of when Jesus was crucified and raised). That has got to mean something, though it may be too subtle for everyone to recognize at once. God is shrewd like that.
But it does give me some comfort as I watch our present order fall apart.