Sunday, April 16
Matthew 28: 1-10
There is an empty tomb in Jerusalem
ensconced within a little building
called the edicule which lays in the
midst of a great domed church. You
would think that at the center of all that attention would be something tangible, something of substance, but here, it is the emptiness that means everything. Churches all over the world house the burial places of great figures of faith, but this church is different. This church celebrates the reality that Jesus’ body is no longer there, for he is risen.
We have spent forty days reflecting and preparing ourselves to celebrate this holiest of days: that morning when women came to the tomb expecting to find Jesus’ body and were shocked to discover it was empty. As they went to tell his other friends, they encountered the risen Christ. Fear and great joy seized them.
Who could have prepared them for this? How much can we really prepare ourselves for the wonder of this day? We did it last year and we’ll do it again next year. We continue to return to this moment, bringing all our fears and joys, and we continue to be met by the risen Lord.
The empty tomb, the resurrection to new life, is our constant source of joy. We also bring our fear, because it is through Jesus that we learn not to be afraid but to lay those fears down at his feet. The women that morning scarcely could have known what had broken into the world that day. But they and the other disciples were about to watch God’s redemption unfold and share it with the world.
We ourselves can watch God’s work in us continue to unfold through the living Jesus. Breaking forth from the tomb, Jesus is no longer in one place but fills all places. Today is our greatest reminder of that. An empty tomb means the world is filled with Jesus.
— THE REV. TODD BLACKHAM