By Dr. Linda Brupbacher
Mark 16: 1-7
As the women went to His burial place on Easter morning, they anticipated a problem: moving the huge, heavy stone that sealed the tomb. However, when they arrived, the stone had already been moved. They needn’t have worried. Sometimes we do that too: worry about a problem that never actually materializes. However, the message of Easter isn’t “don’t worry about things that may never happen”. It is that the tomb was empty. Jesus lives. His power was and is sufficient to conquer even death.
Our children celebrate this day with colored eggs and candy bunnies: symbols of new life. That too is what Easter means: the new life Christ offers us. His love and power are present realities – not just things evidenced long ago. He offers us much needed transformative power: wisdom and strength to become more of what we ought to be (as Steve often prays). The familiar hymn He Lives communicates the Easter message clearly and beautifully:
“I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy; I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He’s always near.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart.
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
Lift up your voice and sing.
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the king!
The hope of all who seek Him,
The help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.” CCLI #1763254
He lives! This is the ultimate blessing that makes all other blessings possible. It’s easy to sometimes take His love for granted–and fail to recognize, appreciate and appropriate the transforming power Jesus offers. Easter reminds us not to do this. It’s Easter, our day to remember, to celebrate and to be renewed. Rejoice. Rejoice. Lift up your voice and sing!
We thank you for Easter and all it represents. Help us keep the message of Easter alive in our hearts and minds every day, not just on this holiday. Help us appreciate and be transformed by Your love.
Excerpted from a Holy Week Devotional Guide written for South Main Baptist Church in 2011