What Does Easter Mean?
I think that the early disciples of Jesus received a much clearer picture of the meaning of Easter. Jesus' disciples had been with Him for three years. They watched Him as He dragged His cross through the streets on the way to Golgotha. He was bloody from being beaten to an almost unrecognizable state. He staggered under the weight of the cross. He fell and got up again and staggered on. His friends watched as the soldiers drove spikes through His hands and His feet and hung Him on the cross. They watched as He suffered the agony of that horrifying death. This was no criminal who was sentenced to death. He had committed no crime. They knew Him. They had experienced His love and acceptance. They heard Him as he even forgave the men who nailed Him there. This was a sight that they would never forget. It would return to them in nightmares, if they could sleep at all.
The hours after that crucifixion would have been long and dark and sorrowful. There would have been no laughing or talking or going about normal everyday lives. Normal was gone. Hope was gone.
And then Sunday morning came. I try to imagine what it would have been like going to the tomb on that morning and finding it empty. How would I have felt, turning and seeing Jesus alive again? He had risen. Would I have remembered that He said He would? I want to experience the joy each one of those early disciples experienced as the reality of the resurrection slowly penetrated their awareness. What would it be like to stand close enough to Jesus that I could reach out and touch Him? What would it be like look into His eyes and to know without a doubt that He holds the power of life in His hands? To know without a doubt that He is the Savior because I witnessed the event that changed history - that changed everything. Hallelujah! He is risen.
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