They all walked away, with nothing to say,
They'd just lost their dearest friend.
All that He said, now He was dead,
So this was the way it would end.
The dreams they had dreamed
were not what they'd seemed,
Now that He was dead and gone.
The garden, the jail, the hammer, the nail,
How could a night be so long.
Then came the morning, night turned into day;
The stone was rolled away, hope rose with the dawn.
Then came the morning,
shadows vanished before the sun,
Death had lost and life had won, for morning had come.
(William J. Gaither/Gloria Gaither/Chris Christian/Gaither Music Company/Home Sweet Home Music/ASCAP)
In the weeks leading up to Easter, stores are packed with all sorts of Easter-related goodies. Chocolate eggs, colorful baskets with giant stuffed rabbits, boxes of dye/stickers/glitter for dyeing eggs, hundreds of Easter cards and even Easter balloons at the checkout!
We as believers may enjoy taking part in some of these traditions, but we know that the greatest cause for celebration isn’t found in a colorful, fully-stocked store. Our celebration begins with an empty room…well, empty except for some discarded strips of linen.
The women who discovered the empty tomb must have thought they were dreaming, don’t you think? I imagine them closing their eyes and reopening them, to see if they were really seeing the sight before them.
“ 1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ 8 Then they remembered his words." (Luke 24:1-8)
And of course, we remember the empty cross as well…the cross that held our Savior, as He took the unimaginable burden of all of our sins — past, present and future — upon Himself. His friends and family standing helplessly by, unable to do anything but watch their beloved Jesus suffer and die.
But just a few days later, as the song says, “then came the morning.” The emptiness of the cross and tomb spoke — no, shouted! — that Jesus was indeed the Messiah…that He fulfilled everything He foretold. He conquered sin and death for us, out of His unfathomable love. Hallelujah!
We hope you will all have a joyous Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, and be reminded that this living Savior we serve loves you very much. He rejoices over you, even as you celebrate Him in your heart.
If you'd like, leave a comment below telling us what Easter means to you.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!