Tomorrow we Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
‘And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magadelene, and Mary the [mother] of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first [day] of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulcher? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall you see him, as he said unto you.’ Mark 16: 1-7 KJV
The resurrection of Christ is what gives the Christian faith its’ promise. Although the destructive…depressing…Earth shattering scene of Golgotha had transpired…there is the renewal and transformation and hope of Life from the resurrection.
‘For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.’ Psalm 30:5 KJV
I can only remember one Sunrise Service. The Occassion had a special feeling for me…and has stayed with me for 45 years.
The intricate beauties of spring are indescribable. We have endured the death of our plants and foliage and the spellbinding falling of the leaves from our lovely trees. The cold…short…dark…days of winter…seem to go on interminably. Nature seems barren and a wasteland…the promise of the beauty of spring…seems very distant.
But, then suddenly it begins…and the new life covering our home gives us courage that there is hope for the future.
Nature dies..and is resurrected in the spring. Christ died and was resurrected! And, so, we die, sometimes to our old manner of living…sometimes to our failures and hurts and pains and sadness of life and loss…to be renewed and resurrected to, “Joy in the morning!”
Easter is a time of renewal and revitalization and a fresh perspective on the haunting of the past…and the promise of the future!
Of course the hope of the human family is the hope of the resurrection…and renewal…and spring.