The Gospel of Luke tells the story in chapter 24: “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
“While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, he has risen!’”
Christians across eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, beginning with sunrise services this morning. Churches around the world will echo with refrains of “He is risen,” followed by, “He has risen indeed.”
Jesus’ resurrection, after crucifixion on a wooden cross, offers promise of eternal life for all who believe. Easter Sunday also offers a time to reflect on life’s challenges and uncertainties and how best we might respond to them.
Jesus, according to Luke, asked forgiveness of his killers, even as they sneered at him, mocked him and gambled for his clothes.
That kind of character is not common, but rather a standard by which we can measure ourselves as we deal with more trivial matters.
Hope does die sometimes. But Easter reminds us it can burst forth again, with more strength than previously imagined.