Easter Sunday – 15
Acts 10:34, 37-43, Col.3:1-4, Jn.20:1-9
A certain kindergarten teacher was telling her students the story of Jesus. In her class was a little boy who came from a non-Christian family. He was paying very close attention to the story because it was all new to him. As the teacher told how Jesus was condemned and nailed to the cross to die the boy’s countenance fell and he murmured, “No! That’s too bad!”
The teacher then went on to tell how on the third day Jesus rose from the dead and came back to life. The boy’s eyes lit up with delight and he exclaimed, “Totally awesome!” On Good Friday we heard the story of the suffering and death of Jesus. Like the little boy many of us felt like “No! That’s too bad!”
Today we hear the rest of the story and again with the little boy we can now exclaim “Yes! Totally awesome.” Today we can again sing “Halleluiah” that we have not sung all through Lent. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad (Ps.118:24).
Why do we rejoice today? We rejoice because our faith in Christ has been vindicated, truth has triumphed over falsity, justice over injustice and tragedy has turned into comedy. The story of the suffering and death of Jesus on Good Friday is the story of the triumph of falsity over truth, of injustice over justice, of evil over goodness.
Death is not the end of the story. There is one more chapter. This is the most important chapter because, as the saying goes, they who laugh last laugh best. And in the last chapter of the story of Jesus we see him rise from the dead in all glory and majesty. He is vindicated. His enemies are shamed and confused. Jesus regains his eternal glory with the Father.
It is good news to know that truth is immortal. We can suppress Truth, accuse it of being a lie, condemn it, torture it, kill it, and bury it in the grave but on the third day Truth will rise again. Remember this and do not give up on Truth even when everybody seems to give up on it. Do not give up on Truth; do not give up on Justice. Do not give up on doing what is right.
True will always be true and just will always be just. Right will always be right even when the world around us would have it otherwise. We must learn to believe in the sun even when it is not shining; knowing that by and by it will shine again. It is the end of the story that counts. That is why the church asks us today to rejoice and be glad.
Even when we are going through very difficult times: through betrayal, unjust discrimination, lies, misrepresentations; even when the enemy seems to be winning the battle in our lives, we need to rejoice and be glad. Today Christ has won. And we know that in Christ we shall overcome.
And today is EASTER…. EASTER…. HALLELUJAH….. HALLELUJAH ….
We need to sing Hallelujah because Existence extends beyond the gloom of the grave into the Glory of God’s eternal light…HALLELUJAH
Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless…. ALLELUJAH
Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals…. HALLELUJAH
The great Easter truth is not that we are to live newly after death —- that is not the great thing — but that — we are to , and may , live nobly now because we have to live for ever… HALLELUJAH
Tomb, you shall not hold Him longer: Death is strong, but life is stronger; stronger than the dark, the light; stronger than the wrong…. HALLELUJAH
Easter changed the midnight of disappointment into a sunrise of joy, it changed the midnight of fear of death into the sunrise of hope in immortality…. HALLELUJAH
Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity… HALLELUJAH
Immortality is a state of being in grace here right now…. HALLELUJAH
Too long our concept of immortality has suffered from the particular misconception that immortality is a state of being that occurs when we die! But if we are immortal at all, we are immortal now, this very moment… HALLELUJAH
Why postpone our adjustment to a sublime condition? Let us be as fearless in the discipline of our souls as of our bodies… HALLELUJAH
It is amazing how completely tangled nerves relax, how anxieties and fears evaporate if once we incorporate into our daily philosophy of life the slogan, ‘” USE YOUR IMMORTALITY NOW.” HALLELUJAH
We pray You, O Christ, to keep us under the spell of immortality… HALLELUJAH
May we never again think and act as if You were dead and you are dead… HALLELUJAH
Let us more and more come to know You as the Living Lord who has promised to them that believe ;” BECAUSE I LIVE , YOU SHALL LIVE ALSO”. (Jn.14:19)
EASTER… Yes, Easter is that JESUS THE LIVING PRESENCE is with us and JESUS THE VICTORIOUS POWER is with us. So let us sing HALLELUJAH… HALLELUJAH. Amen.