Easter – what a time of year for us to enjoy. But really what is Easter? Do Christians celebrate Easter?
Well yes and no… Truth is Christians use the term Easter just like almost everyone, but it is really Resurrection Sunday for us.
And now we do Sunday as our day of worship rather than Saturday, because every Sunday is our reminder of the Resurrection of the crucified Jesus.
Mark 16:1-8 gives us one glimpse into that day so long ago: “Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.
“Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.
“And they said among themselves, ‘Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?’
“But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.
“But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.’
“So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”
I often try to think what it would have been like to be there then and to have walked and talked face to face with Jesus, how would I have responded to the death of the guy I thought was the Messiah that was going to change my world.
Suddenly, he is arrested, mocked, beaten, condemned to die and hung on a cross, buried and guards placed outside his sealed tomb.
I think honestly that I would have been just like the disciples or worse, as they hid away and forgot every lesson which Jesus had taught them about the need for his death and that he would be coming back to life.
So to suddenly find out that ‘He is not here’ was a bit of a shock and of course they were afraid, who wouldn’t be.
Dead men walking, sounds like a zombie apocalypse moment. But more likely somebody beat us to it and stole the body to make us upset.
But no, there has to be somebody who knows what is going on and the promise of God that Jesus would die to atone for our sins and come back to life is suddenly real. Jesus is really gone, raised back to life.
Well that is more than enough for me to celebrate. In fact I’ll not even be fussy if you want to call it Easter instead of resurrection Sunday.
In fact, I like it so much that I’ll celebrate it every Sunday.
I pray that you will find the joy of Easter and that the blessings of the resurrection flow into your life and out of it a real, a personal encounter with a risen Lord moment happens for you.
Come and worship with others is the call from all the Brechin Churches as we celebrate the Resurrection.
Rev. Jon Bergen
Brechin Baptist Fellowship