A devotion for the approaching Easter season.
“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed. -John 20:1 NRSV
Resurrection is about hope. It’s also about life and transformation. As we approach Easter once again this year, I encourage you to take a moment and consider these possibilities and the progression of the seasons that have brought us to this point. Lent challenged us to “turn around” and consider deepening our relationship with God and with others. Holy week will take us to the foot of the cross; a cross that once represented torture, humiliation, and death. Through the the resurrection of Christ, however, because he overcame death, that symbol was transformed into something powerful. What once represented death now signifies life and healing and restoration. That’s the great beauty of Easter. The cross tells us that even at our worst, humanity, can be healed; transformed. The empty tomb tells us that not even death can separate us from the love of God.
Now, there’s a challenge in all this. From our vantage point, it often seems as if the world is “going to hell in a handbasket” When we see a loved one suffer or a child go hungry or a refugee turned away it gives us pause to wonder, “Where is God in all this?’ But the good news of Easter is that God does not operate within the limits of what we can see!
Faith enables us to move beyond believing only what we can see to entrusting our lives to the God who raised Jesus Christ from the dead. It is a different path, a whole new way of life that sees the possibility of new life in every death, sees the light shining in the deepest darkness, and sees hope in the midst of despair. But it is not an easy path. At the end of the day, it takes something of a leap for all of us to really entrust our lives to the kind of hope that God awakened in the resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter morning.
Peace and Blessings,