Thought for Easter

Posted on April 20, 2014 · Posted in Death, Gospel

The stone was rolled away for you!

 

Matthew tells us that an angel from heaven came down in plain view of the soldiers who were guarding the sealed tomb.  The soldiers watched in shock as the angel rolled away the stone from the tomb and sat on it.  

 

If we were there we would have expected to see Jesus walk out into the morning light. There was just one problem. The tomb was already empty.  Just as he could not be hindered from entering in a locked room, he could not be contained by the sealed tomb.

 

The stone was not rolled away so that Jesus could escape. It was rolled away so that you would know that the tomb was empty.  With his resurrection Christ was done with the limitations of his human body.  Death and the restrictions of our flesh were conquered that Easter morning.  As Paul said, death had lost its sting.

 

The angel of God opened an empty tomb for all to see. Jesus now moved about with the grace and power of a body not subject to the barriers and boundaries of earth.  Jesus fulfilled the gospel promise made to Eve so long ago. The curse was broken. 

 

One day, you and I will have a body like the one that left the sealed tomb.  This is part of what Easter means. Death, sickness, and physical limitations will be no more. Just as our spirits will be free from the ravages of sin, so too will our bodies. 

 

This is what Easter means. It is not a mystical event or an elevation of consciousness. Easter means that we will be totally renewed, rejuvenated in spirit and in body. That which brings so much sadness now will be no more. The suffering of the body is but for a moment. The joy of our glorified bodies awaits.

The empty tomb shouts the power of the resurrected Christ. The stone rolled away is for your joy and brings hope of eternity with Christ!


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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.