The Resurrection of Christ.
The day that Christians gather to celebrate the mystery and grace of God’s steadfast and eternal love for humanity. It is the feast of the victory of our God.
We have prepared for Easter during the 40 days of Lent by way of self-examination, prayer, and other spiritual disciplines. Lent leads to Good Friday, the day that Christian tradition commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus, whom we believe is the incarnation of God.
Hate and evil attempted to have their way; hate and evil attempted to rid the world of Love Incarnate. But God has triumphed over hate and evil. God has vanquished death. The resurrection of Jesus the Christ is God’s final word and that word is indeed love.
Easter is the flowering of Good Friday. We hold these two events in tension for without Easter, Good Friday would only be a heinous human tragedy – the execution of an innocent human being. For that matter, without Good Friday, Easter would be an empty celebration, devoid of any true meaning for humanity. Because of Good Friday, God knows our pain and suffering. God has experienced abandonment and death. On Good Friday, Jesus cries out with all humanity, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And then Jesus is laid in a tomb.
Easter is God’s answer to that anguished cry. The tomb is empty! God is here; God is always here; God has triumphed. Resurrection is ours.