Every year I fall into this temptation, as I relive the original Easter experience. With Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, I imagine in my mind that I am going through the events of that passion week with Jesus and the disciples. When Jesus died on the cross, I wait along with them for Sunday morning. I know Jesus will rise again! But wait. All of this happened already. Jesus does not repeatedly die and rise again every year. He does not spend Black Saturday in the grave. He has already shown us the grave cannot hold Him. Jesus Christ is alive today and everyday, just as He has been since AD 30. While many are mourning and waiting for Jesus to come back, I’m over here celebrating Jesus’ resurrection, because He is alive. I serve a risen Savior. He’s in the world today.
Now I know it does something for us to celebrate His resurrection every year on Easter. But we celebrate His resurrection every week. We enjoy the benefits of His resurrection every moment. Don’t put all of that aside today, of all days. Many may mourn Jesus burial, but He is not in the grave. He is not there. He is risen. Black Saturday doesn’t have to be a day of mourning.
Before I go, let me say there is some merit to remembering. What must it have been like for those disciples? How would we have responded? That helps us put ourselves into the text and empathize with those early disciples. That is a good thing. But you don’t have to wait with them until Sunday morning. We can move ahead in the story, because we know its outcome.
God bless you today. Happy Easter! Enjoy the holiday, but go to church. 😁