Easter Reflection Based on Luke 24:1-12

 

On that first Easter, the women found themselves in a bleak and hopeless place. Their hearts were heavy as they were making their way to the tomb where the lifeless body of Jesus was left on Friday. Before that Friday, there was real Hope, a Hope of a different and better tomorrow, a Hope of making a REAL difference in the world, a Hope that with Jesus’ guidance they could change the whole world and ease the suffering of all people. Others also saw something in Jesus they had not seen before. But on that Friday, things took a seemingly wrong turn and everything fell apart. It happened so quickly, so dramatically, and with such finality; all their hopes were nailed to the Cross and left to die.

 

    

That early Sunday morning, in the darkness of the night and in the darkness of their souls Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and some other women went to the tomb and discovered that Jesus’ body was not there.

 

    

This was the final blow. What were they to think…. What would you think? How would you feel?

 

    

And all that business with the angel. It is scary enough to face an angel. The story that the angel told the women seemed so "SUPERNATURAL" that nobody in their right mind could believe them…

 

    

Today, almost 2000 years later we know the rest of the story and we CELEBRATE Easter. These women and the Disciples grieved the loss of their friend, their leader, their mentor.

 

    

It took some real courage to be able to face the next day. It took FAITH to keep going with their lives. Yet because of their faith and courage, they were able to recognize the Risen Savior.

 

    

We are called to be a "Resurrection People." We know that Jesus is risen. It is important for us to remember that there is no Easter without Good Friday, there is no resurrection until after crucifixion, and that there is no new life until after there is a death. These realities from the life of Jesus of Nazareth are symbolic for what must happen in our own spiritual lives.

 

    

If we are to experience newness in some aspects of our lives, if we are to be “resurrected into new life,” then something has to be crucified, something has to die in order for something new to spring forth. New habits require the death of some old habits. New commitments often require the death of some old commitments. New priorities often require the death of some old priorities.

 

    

Resurrection involves change. Change involves uncertainty, fear, and anxiety. To face those we need faith, trust and commitment.

 

    

As we celebrate Easter, as we prepare for the next season of our church calendar – fifty days between Easter and Pentecost – let us ask God what needs to be changed in order for God to resurrect us into new life. We are to be a Resurrection People and that is our promise.

 

They cut me down and I leapt up high

I am the Life that’ll never, never die!

I’ll live in you if you’ll live in Me –

I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!

 

       Dance then, wherever you may be

       I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!

       And I’ll lead you all,
                                 wherever you may be

      And I’ll lead you all in the Dance,
                                                        said He!

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