The Easter Irony
Isn’t it ironic that the Easter Story begins where all other stories tend to end? Luke says “…on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb…” Think about it; the Easter story begins, of all places, at a graveyard. Who would’ve thought it? After all, isn’t the graveyard supposed to be the final stop of our earthly journey…the place where our tracks run out? The Easter story seems to indicate otherwise. I guess that’s what God was talking about when, through the Prophet Isaiah, he said that “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways…”
And so, with that in mind, try to put yourself in the place of the women that went to the Tomb on that first Easter morn. Luke says that the women (AKA, morticians) “…came to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.” In other words, the women went to the tomb that morning expecting nothing more than the kind of “closure” that this death-weary world had conditioned them to expect. But, what they found was something radically different. Standing at the tomb, under the dawn’s gray shroud, these women suddenly became the most famous, not to mention the most surprised, morticians the world has ever known!
What’s more, at that long ago place—the place where the only thing these grieving women expected to find was death—they were posed with the greatest rhetorical question and given the most remarkable answer that this gravestone-cluttered world has ever heard: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” And there you have it. At the very place where all human stories end, God overcame death with new life through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The birthplace of the Good News that we’ve received and profess was none other than a graveyard. And what Good News it is!
So, what does that mean for us? For starters it means that tomorrow, along with all the tomorrows that lie before us, is never just another day. It means that our stories no longer end in death. Christ is risen and he goes before us through this life into life everlasting. It means, as an Easter people, that we can live our lives as if we’ve already won…because we have!
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