A stone rolled away…an empty tomb...abandoned burial rags…a missing body…
These timeless reminders of Resurrection Sunday and the events that took place often lose their luster and become ordinary, expected, and predictable, especially if you’re like me and grew up in a Christian home. We become so familiar with these icons of Christianity that they lose their wonder, awe, and splendor in our eyes. But this should not be! We should never grow weary and calloused to the glory, awe, and miracle of the empty tomb, but must remind ourselves of what really took place and become re-amazed by the wonder of it all.
Two pieces of wood, one planted vertically and the other attached horizontally two-thirds up the first. Once a symbol of Roman cruelty and torture, now an emblem of divine love, the simple image of the cross holds much meaning and significance. Especially today, as we remember and hold sacred the sacrifice of Jesus’ blood poured out for us.
On this blessed day, let’s put ourselves in Mary Magdalene’s shoes as she came upon the empty grave that spring morning so many years ago. Can you imagine her surprise when she rounded the last corner and saw the stone already rolled away?! Or how do you think Peter was feeling when he ran into the tomb and found the linen cloths empty?! And can you picture Mary’s joy and amazement when she discovered that the man talking with her in the garden was the risen Christ?!
The twenty-seventh of this month, this coming Sunday, marks this year’s remembrance of the greatest day in the history of mankind—the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And as Christians, we give Resurrection Sunday its due celebration and recognition. However, do we truly consider and grasp the enormity of what Christ did for us, and do we fully recognize the anguish He suffered to bring about our salvation? Are we guilty of diminishing, through lack of acknowledgement and appreciation, the extreme sacrifice our Savior made to reconcile us with God? I believe we are.
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