Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022 Beyond Easter Morning
On that first Easter morning, we are told that “…Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.” We understand why they embarked on this journey and chose this destination. We also know their purpose: to pay their last respects.
On this Easter morning, we make no such journey and seek out no such destination. Paying our last respects is not needed, for our Jesus is alive!
We refer to Jesus in many ways: Lord, Savior, Prince of Peace, Teacher, Son of the Living God, Redeemer, Light of the World, Immanuel, Bread of Life. On Easter morning, even though we do not embark on a journey to pay our last respects, we must still claim this name for Jesus as well: the crucified one.
While the empty tomb and the resurrection ignite such joy in us, his death must not be completely ignored. Perhaps think of it this way on this sacred morning: the crucifixion, while a completed act, still brings with it “ongoing consequences,” as one scholar puts it.
For example, even as Jesus calls us to “new life,” he also calls us to “die to self.” Even as he tells us “I have come that [you] may have life,” he also tells us that there is “no greater love than this, to lay down one’s life…”
On this Easter morning, do shout “He is Risen!” Then whisper to the One who sent him: “I will lay down my life for others, that they, too, might find new life in him.”
Prayer: Loving God, he rose, while we were yet sinners! Help us to show you how grateful we are by following him faithfully. Amen