Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021
By Pastor Rob Harding
Passage: John 20:1-9
Easter morning. Whether you rise to come to worship – or to worship online; to embrace a time of devotion immediately or later in the day; whatever your routine this day might look like, one thing is for sure. You rise this day ready to affirm that which is central to our faith and your faith: the tomb is empty. Christ is risen. The darkness has not overcome the light. Life has defeated death.
In the midst of that affirmation of faith, consider this: you didn’t get to the empty tomb alone, on your own. Instead, there was a catalyst at some point in your life that called out to you, inviting you into the empty tomb that you might see “…the strips of linen lying there…the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head…still lying in its place…” In other words, at some point in your life there was a stimulus that led you into a relationship with Christ, or at least led you to consider one.
A similar catalyst is found in our Johannine passage today. Here we find Peter and the beloved disciple, men of faith, followers of Jesus, and yet taking no action as of yet that first Easter morn. And then, as Mary proclaims the current reality – the stone has been rolled away – then, through that prompting, the two move into action, in the end finding their way to “Christ is risen.”
On this Easter morning, consider what that catalyst was in your life, that prompting that led you to a life of faith. Might have been one key person or many, inviting you to “come and see” this Jesus. First, name that catalyst – hold it in your heart – and then do this: give thanks for that which leads you to profess “Christ is risen.” Give thanks for the body of Christ in your life.
Prayer: Loving God, on this day, I give You thanks for running to me that I might run to You. Guide my race from this point forward. Amen.