Scripture: Luke 23:56b-24:11 (12)
Key verses: (24: 2-3) They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
Reflection: There is nothing subtle about Easter. God invites us to wake up, take a look, listen and live. On the first Easter morning, the women show up to the tomb and Jesus is gone. The absent body gets their attention. It could mean any number of things but they hold tightly to hope that this could be good news. Even in their fear, joy begins to fill these women. God has their attention and they are ready to hear the news and act on it.
Resurrection gets our attention. Jesus redeemed life so that you and I can live here and now. It is not just a message for Easter but one we need to hear every day of our lives. We need to live as Easter people who pay attention, listen and live. Even with whatever fears we carry, joy can enter our lives as we get busy living and loving. Let us not wait around to hear the message of Easter next spring, but allow the good news of God’s redeeming love to transform our lives today and always.
Prayer: We confess our lack of attention, O God. Too often we seem content to dwell in our negativity or numbness to anything joyful. Call us out of our slavery to the frantic life to experience a new dawning. Wake us up and greet us with new life for the sake of the one who redeemed us. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].