He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Rings through out the Christian faith on each and every Easter Sunday. Although the fun around Easter Bunny is front line in marketing, the true meaning of easter isn’t about the cute dude with all the chocolate!
I often wonder what the earth was doing after Jesus was crucified and laid to rest. Were the birds silent? Did the breeze feel the same, or was there a breeze at all? Was the earth silent as it missed the touch of the creator’s feet on her face. Nothing and no one but God knew what was about to happen. Many people were mourning his death and wondering “How could this have happened!?” How could the one who claimed to be the Messiah be taken, beaten and die and leave them there?” The deep sense of loss and confusion must have been overwhelming, but….. then, ….
“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.” Matthew 28:5-10
When Jesus rose from the dead, did the earth sing? Did the walls of caverns of the ground open up as if to sigh and breath in new Hope for its rescue? Did the birds sing a new song? Did the lions dance and the wolves rejoice? In my heart I think that nature rejoiced in its own way.
I believe in my heart that as we face these uncertain times that we need to take a look at nature and be reminded that we have a hope, an unwavering hope and promise that this very Messiah will return to take us home. The earth would know her creator just as she longs and groans for His return.
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.” Romans 8:22,23
Today as we celebrate Jesus Resurrection, let’s celebrate our promise that one day he will return and in that day we will have much to celebrate. Just as He knew the perfect timing of His resurrection, so to He knows the perfect moment of His return. We know that one day we will bow at His feet and be complete and whole and be Home.
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phillippians 2: 9-11
We have a Hope and His name is Jesus.
Hugs n’ Prayers