Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. The beauty of this day is beyond words as we celebrate the risen Christ. Without fail, every year I sit in wonder of God’s sacrifice and conquest over death.
Historically, Easter proves to be one of those days where Churches burst as the seams. Whether it is a result of infrequent Church attendance, new people seeking out the Lord, or just an overall sense of guilt about our Church attendance to date, people flock to the service of their choosing. It is such a wonderful sight to see Churches filled with people praising His glorious name.
This year as I reflected upon the story of Easter a new perspective dawned on me – I thought about all those people sitting in pews hearing the story of Jesus and wondered how they might perceive the rock being rolled away from the tomb. I think far too often we hear a message that glances over this incredible feat and we assume Jesus must have used His majesty to move the rock, escaping the tomb. However, what if the circumstances were altogether different?
Why was Jesus tomb opened? What if the rock wasn’t moved to let Jesus out, but instead so that we might all see in?
In Matthew 28:1-8, it tells us just that,
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.”
Therefore, I want for us all to put ourselves in the shoes of those startled young women. Much like they did, we all went to see Jesus this morning and have been amazed that He has indeed risen. However, we often end our day with the simple joy present within the victory of Christ. The reality is the very reason we were allowed to see into the tomb was to be a witness to His resurrection. God gave us the unique opportunity to see the supernatural within our natural world. This unique occurrence wasn’t simply for happenstance – it was for the purpose of testifying to the truth. Today, we use the story of Jesus as a source of hope for each of us, forgetting to heed the angel’s instructions to “go and tell.”
This Easter the pews of Churches will be filled with people hearing the story of Easter. Will you be one that is satisfied simply with the facts of history or will you too go and tell others about the glory of the resurrection?