THE LORD IS RISEN! He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!
How wonderful it must have been for Mary to see Jesus and know that he had come alive! On Easter Sunday morning, after Mary of Magdala sees that the stone has been removed from the entrance of the tomb, she runs to tell Peter and the Beloved Disciple. They run to see that the tomb is empty. Jesus is alive! One can only imagine their excitement.
Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar but I wonder how many of you will wake up on Easter day to find that they had got an Easter Egg, or how many you will give away? Indeed, some churches are preparing to give away Easter Eggs. But ever wondered why we give eggs at Easter, why do people decorate hard-boiled eggs, and go egg rolling? Why an egg at all? And what’s so important about eggs at Easter?
Questions, questions, questions! An egg looks as though it is dead, it looks like a stone, but something alive comes out of it. An egg represents the tomb of Jesus, out of which he appeared alive at Easter after dying on Good Friday.
Easter began in the dark and in the tomb. The Easter we celebrate is an invitation out of darkness into the light of the risen Christ. It is that light which enables us to tell that darkness has ended and day, in the form of light and newness, is on its way back to us.
Easter Sunday marks an important season in which the church will celebrate for more than just one day, but through to Ascension Day, 10th May; forty days after the resurrection and when Christ’s spirit ascends to heaven.
Jesus alive … that’s the amazing news about Easter. It is therefore important that we make a great fuss and deck our churches with all the bright and cheerful Easter flowers, because it takes place in Spring, when all the world of nature is coming to life again…., well when the weather goes according to plan and no SNOW!
Friends, Easter is about our being made ‘New again’. The second letter to the Christians at Corinth reads: “When anyone is joined to Christ they become a new being: the old person has gone, and a new person has come”. And so in this wonderful promise of Easter, of light and new life, I send you our warmest wishes and the blessings of the risen Christ! Above all, enjoy your EASTER EGG!
Alleluia, He is Risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia
Revd Abe Konadu-Yiadom