THE STONE WAS NOT AN OBSTACLE
⏰Easter Sunday (16 April 2017)
📕Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,15c-17, 22-23 (R.v.24); Col 3:1-4; John 20:1-9
Last night, we were talking about the victory of light over darkness and the miracle of the empty tomb. We noted that since we have died with Christ, we shall also with him in victory. Jesus has conquered death and his resurrection is for the salvation of all. Yet, only those who make themselves available receives that gift of salvation. Hence, St Paul exhorts us to seek things that are above where Jesus is (cf. Col 3:1-4).
If you really seek Jesus, you will find him. St Peter bears witness to the fact that it is only those who looked forward for Jesus and bore witness to him that received a revelation of him when he resurrected (Acts 10:40-43).
One of such people was Mary Magdalene who went to the tomb early on the first day of the week, a sign of eagerness and anticipation. Not only did she get the resurrection message, she equally got a reassurance from Jesus concerning her great fears, “Do not be afraid” (Matt 10:10).
In the Gospel of Mark, part of her fears is on who would help them role away the big stone for them. That became an obstacle for them. But they didn’t allow this obstacle to stop them from getting to the tomb. They went with faith and God honours such type of unwavering faith.
That statement of reassurance, “Do not be afraid” occurs 365 times in the Scriptures. So, insofar as you are able to long for Jesus and seek him daily, you are sure to get that reassurance since he had already conquered all that bothers you (remember “It is finished” – John 19:30).
As you join in celebrating the risen Lord, Jesus Christ, may he always proclaim those words of reassurance to you amidst difficulties of life, especially when you really find it difficult to move on. Amen.
Happy Easter to you dear. Have a fruitful celebration. Peace be with you.