(John 20:1-18) We all like happy endings. We love it when our team wins, when the hero saves the day, and when love prevails against all odds. Which is also why today is so special…Jesus accomplished all these things for us! For Christians, Easter is the ultimate happy ending – a time to celebrate that once and for all, good has triumphed over evil. He who is Light has come into the world and penetrated the darkness.
How is this possible? Jesus truly suffered and died. But, as Mary Magdalene and the other women discovered, death couldn’t hold Him. They found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. They found the linen wrappings, but they didn’t find the Lord among the dead. In conquering death, Christ severed the chains that had held mankind in bondage for so long. By His Resurrection, He opened the gates of heaven to all those who would believe in Him. In these miraculous events, we begin to understand the mystery of God’s love for us. Jesus truly is the Messiah, God’s only begotten Son. Because of Him, we can say with all confidence, “O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?” (1 Cor 15:54-55)
We celebrate this fact not only at Easter, but each and every Sunday. The joy we feel today doesn’t have to end! Christ’s Death and Resurrection were real events that took place at a particular point in time, yet they also transcend time and space. Sunday is the day of Resurrection, a mini-Easter to remind us of our Lord’s unfathomable love. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). Death is not the end, but a new beginning. As we ponder these great mysteries of our faith, let us rejoice in the truth that our God is not dead. He lives!
– Kelley Holy