So it’s Easter Sunday! The culmination of the holy week and the beginning of a whole new way of life. Every Sunday is an Easter and every Communion; Resurrection. Jesus’ love, service and sacrifice are always a guiding principle to us.
But how did we get here? So it is back to the story.
Now it is two days since Jesus was buried. The Sabbath day is over, so the women who were followers of Jesus decided to go to his tomb with some oils to anoint his holy body. Mary Magdalene was one of them. As they walked along, they pondered how they would roll away the heavy stone that covered the tomb. You can imagine their surprise (relief?) when they got there and saw the stone rolled away. Alas! Our Lord was not there. In tears, Mary ran to Peter – the same that denied Jesus – to tell him what they had seen. Peter could not believe his ears and he rushed to the tomb with John (the one that Jesus loved) and found only the burial sheets in the tomb and the napkin for the head rolled to a corner but no Jesus.
Where is Jesus?
Mary was weeping (trust women) when a man approached her to inquire about the reason for the tears. She told him, “I don’t know where they have taken my Lord”. The man replies, “It is I, Mary”.
It is Jesus who has risen from the dead. Can somebody shout ALLELUIA?
Mary is full of joy. Her Lord is alive! Jesus tells her to tell his disciples that she has seen him and that they should head to Galilee where he would meet them. He also confided in her that soon, he would be going back to his father in heaven. His mission on earth is done.
Mary ran as fast as she could to spread this good news but at first not everyone believed her. Well, I don’t blame them. People don’t just rise from the dead and moreover she is a woman and might just be hallucinating. Poor Mary…but Jesus vindicates her when he appears to the disciples. But that’s a story for another day.
So that is it. The story of our salvation. The true Easter story – no bunny and no eggs.
PS: Easter continues until Pentecost Sunday which is 50 days away. So let the celebration continue, our Lord is very much with us!