by Pastor Mark Jordan
“For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:9-11, NIV)
I hope your Easter was egg-ceptional! Mine was. I loved the privilege to once again declare that the Lord lives, particularly for the first time in my service at Church at The Well. It is a day I will never forget, because the entire event carries with it such power and grace. Jesus truly lives, and he lives in you and me.
Last week my writings centered on the things Jesus was doing during Holy Week. As we get to the Monday following Easter, it should not go back to business as usual. True, if you gave up something for Lent, that restriction is lifted, and you can feast. It is time to pack away baskets and plastic eggs, and good luck getting that stringy fake grass all cleaned up as Peter Cottontail hops back up the bunny trail. But these secular representations of Easter pale in comparison to one unmistakable reality: Jesus’ tomb is still empty. People still make pilgrimages there to see it, but there is no body within. Jesus died, was raised from the dead, and the world is forever different because of it. You are different because of it.
I say that Jesus’ tomb is empty, but is that exactly right? His body is not there, that I can promise you, but does that mean it is empty? It seems to me that empty to,b is actually quite full…it is full of faith., it is full of hope, and it is full of love. That empty tomb is full of the reality that God has power over the things that seem to have mastery over you. May the knowledge that Jesus’ tomb is still empty today enliven your faith and empower your life with the same Spirit that leads to life everlasting. If your life feels like an empty tomb of hopelessness today, invite Jesus in so he can fill it with the gracious and loving power of God Almighty.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the eternal power you make available for me in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Forgive me for the times I simply put Easter away after the big day and go on living unchanged. Jesus is no longer in that tomb, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it is empty today, because it is full of the hope that the only thing that has any power over me is your love. Thank you for your mighty conquering acts in Jesus Christ that enable and empower me to live for you. Forever. I praise and pray in the eternal name of Jesus. Amen.
Have a glorious day,