It’s Sunday of Passion Week, the day death got a beat down. Talk about a game changer! Matthew tells us, “And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.” (Matthew 28:2)
By the way, the angel didn’t roll away the stone so that Jesus could get out. If death couldn’t hold onto Him then I don’t think a stone would be a problem. No, the angel rolled away the stone so that His disciples could get in and see that Jesus wasn’t there. They needed hope. We need hope. And hope is found, of all places, in an empty hole in the ground.
I like that angel. I like the fact that after he rolled the stone out of the way he, “sat upon it.” Maybe it’s just my baptized imagination, but I can just see him up there, legs dangling, smiling like the cat that just ate the canary, because he knows what Jesus’ followers will soon know, and what the whole world desperately needs to know, that death doesn’t have to be the end.
Death is still our enemy. When we lose someone we love we grieve their loss, but as the Apostle Paul reminds us, “We do not grieve as those who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
Yes, death got a beat down that Sunday morning. Really, death died, and hope was born. No matter what happens in our lives, no matter what suffering or pain we may have to endure or hard times we may experience, never, ever forget, that tomb is empty, and there’s a resurrection day coming for all of us Jesus Freaks. Talk about a game changer!
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