‘He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.’
Easter Re:visited: Part 4
The Easter Sunday story is so familiar to many of us, and yet it’s still so little understood.
On the one hand, I know this story inside out. I’ve heard it repeatedly, ever since I was a small girl.
A stone rolled away in front of an open tomb.
An angel appearing to Mary and telling her not to fear.
Mary running to tell friends that Jesus body was no longer in the tomb.
And Jesus’ miraculous appearances to the disciples in the days that followed.
I know all of these details inside out.
And yet, even so, there’s something that’s just so mind-bending and incomprehensible about it all.
Because lurking just beneath all of the familiar details, is the greatest love story that’s ever been told.
And it’s the story of God’s deep, passionate, fierce, everlasting, unchanging, life-transforming love; demonstrated through one single act in time, but echoing throughout all of time.
It’s the kind of love that’s willing to pay any cost, make any sacrifice, suffer any pain, storm the very gates of hell, and even lay down its own life, just to win back that which had been loved but lost.
To win back you.
And to win back me too.
1 John 3:16 puts it like this:
‘This is how we know what love is. Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.’
So if you’re struggling with any kind of sickness or sadness or brokenness or disappointment or hopelessness in your life today, know that the cross is God’s personal love letter to you again today.
And it comes with a promise; that your ‘right now’ won’t be your ‘forever and always’.
He is still very much in the business of healing and redeeming and making all things new – even more than 2000 years on.