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Easter story is all about how we see God

April 7, 2017 GMT

Easter is a wonderful time for us to celebrate the risen Christ.

Most of us have some notion of its meaning and what a difference it made in the lives of everyone in the human family.

In the account of the resurrection in John’s Gospel there are some thought provoking events. Those closest to Jesus see the empty tomb through varied circumstance.

Whereas for us it is a clear-cut story and central to our hope for eternal life, it might have been different for those present on that morning.

The Beloved Disciple and Peter, two of the most prominent participants in Jesus’ ministry are faced with the empty tomb. There is no immediate reunion with Jesus, they are not given tangible proof, they see what they see and that was enough evidence for them. They believed.

This Gospel version of the story leaves us without the pomp and circumstance that we expect.

Even the women’s experience is noticed as they flee the scene, feeling both fear and amazement.

We, followers of Jesus, all these years later face the same things.

Is the empty tomb enough to solidify our belief? Do we embrace the conquering of death in our faith and in our being?

We know so many details, but those there on the scene that day didn’t know how it happened, they just knew that the presence of Jesus’ burial clothes without the body was all they needed to see to move forward in faith.

If we go no further in the narrative, are our doubts overcome and do we stand ready to claim Jesus’ victory over death?

Nearly everyone knows the hymn called “In the Garden.”

We love to hear it at services remembering the life of a loved one. We are comforted when we hear it in a church or revival service. We may sense more of a connection when we realize that this is the story of Mary Magdalene’s experience that morning in the garden, near the tomb.

This is wonderful news for her and for us, as we are assured that we will see him again, just as Mary did that morning.

Easter is certainly about the empty tomb and Jesus’ appearance in the garden, but more than that it is about our belief that Jesus came from the beginning of time and returned or ascended to return to his place as the second part of the Trinity.

This knowledge helps us to relate to Jesus, not as a temporary and earthly presence, but an eternal presence in the world and in our lives.

God’s love, through Jesus, changes for all time the way God can be known in the world and brings to fruition the new age.

Through the whole of Jesus’ life we see his closeness to God and to us and are provided the opportunity to take him to and within ourselves.

This is not a narrative about or for us, it as a narrative about God.

The Easter story is all about God, the way we see God in Jesus Christ and the way others see God in us, as we travel each year to the empty tomb.

It can either be about nothing or about everything.

Which is it for you?