Not Too Many Words

I don’t have too much to say this week. Part of this is the nature of being a pastor in the aftermath of Holy Week and Easter. I’ve said A LOT, 4 sermons in 8 days plus all the prayers and scripture readings too. 

But a bigger part of it is the immensity that is Christ’s resurrection.  “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him.” (Mark 16:6) That’s the simple announcement the “young man” gave to Mary, Mary, and Salome on that first Easter morning. It’s a little understated for just how world-changing the event is, don’t you think?

Because Jesus was raised from the dead Sin, Death, and the Devil have been defeated. God’s people are reconciled and are now at peace. The gate to life has been thrown open. True freedom is given to the world. Christ’s righteousness is imputed to humanity. Creation’s restoration has begun and we see the first fruits. 

The resurrection confirms the work of Good Friday: For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. (Rom. 5:10)

The young man’s words are so much more simple than all that happens because of Jesus’ resurrection. They don’t seem to do the event the justice it deserves. 

But maybe that’s exactly the point. We can explain the resurrection to death. We cant talk the world over about what it means. We can drone on and on about how it impacts our day-to-day lives, but all our words will end up failing. There are no words grand enough, no soliloquies beautiful enough, no songs moving enough to get at what happened in the garden that morning. 

Maybe, just maybe, it is enough to simply say, “you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.” 

He is not here because Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! 

Happy Easter(tide)

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