What a glorious day it is outside my window. The sun is bright, the sky is clear and the temperature is supposed to warm up wonderfully. Feral cats are outside on the steps eating. Two are of the original three. Is the third one of the original, or the new comer, or was the newcomer part of the family all along, just so close in appearance I didn’t realize?
I’ve already prepared breakfast for my son and I, mine long gone. So now, I can contemplate the importance of this day.
Imagine, the pain, the heartbreak, of those who had followed Jesus the Christ from the beginning of His ministry. Imagine their fear, their confusion, as they sat hidden away behind locked doors. Trying to come to an understanding of ‘what now?’
Then imagine as Mary Magdalene approached the tomb. Whether she was alone, or with Mary the mother of James and Salome, wondering, how would the great stone be rolled away. The body of Jesus needed to be prepared with the spices purchased. Imagine the sight of the stone moved, and the angels asking why they sought the living among the dead. Jesus has risen as promised.
The tomb, was empty. The linens in which he had been wrapped, empty on the stone. Can you imagine, the great joy that filled their heart at those words? Can you imagine, Mary, as she met Jesus in the garden, upon realizing it was Him indeed. To hear His voice, one they thought never to hear again, telling her to go and tell the others. The excitement that she had to feel.
Imagine if you can, the disciples, hearing her words. Telling them that Jesus was alive, He had risen from the dead as promised. How many different emotions must have gone through them, as they heard her words. Belief, disbelief? Joy, anger? Fear, courage?
Imagine Peter and John as they raced to the tomb to see for themselves. The expression on their faces as they looked upon the tomb, now empty, at the linen cloths, in which His body had been wrapped, empty. Was it true? Was the promise kept? Was He alive?
Imagine, if you will, the moment Jesus appeared in the room with His disciples. Then for forty days, Jesus appeared to hundreds, before His ascension back to Heaven.
In His life, death and resurrection, He gave to us many gifts. He paid the price for our sins, a price we could not pay. Through His death and resurrection, we who believe, are given a new life.
Consider baptism, submersion into water, a death to the old life, a rebirth to the new. Setting aside what was, for what is new. A new day, a new beginning, a new life.When the sun came up that morning and the tomb was found empty, it was more than a new day dawning. It was the beginning of a new journey. Our sins, had been fully paid for, in and with our belief, we are debt free. Jesus told His disciples, go forth and share the good news, tell all the gospel, making disciples among men. To live a life of love, compassion, peace and faith.