The Joy of Easter
But go, tell his disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him just as he told you. Mark 16:7
Easter is a special time of the year when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! Do you realize that since the resurrection of Jesus that each Sunday is considered a mini Easter? Each Sunday when we gather for worship with the community of faith it is to be a time of celebration.
Are we joyful when we come to worship on Sundays? Maybe there are times when we are struggling with the problems of life, and we do not feel very joyful. There might even be times that we might not really feel well physically and that can take away some joy. There are other times that our spouse or children have acted up in getting ready for worship and that takes some of our joy. Yet we have so much to be joyful for.
That very first Easter one person that I am sure did not have any joy in his heart was the disciple Peter. He had promised Jesus that he would go with him all the way to the cross and was even willing to die with Jesus. That is what Peter said. Then came the night of Jesus’ arrest and trial, and what did Peter do? He denied Jesus. He denied that he even knew Jesus. Peter did not deny Jesus once, or even twice, but he denied him three times.
We know that Peter felt low after doing that because the Bible says that Peter went and broke down and cried. The One that showed Peter love, and loved him more than anyone ever could and Peter denied him, said that he did not even know the man.
Then came Easter morning and the women go to the tomb of Jesus, to prepare him for his final burial. When they get there they find the tomb empty. As they came near there was a young man dressed in white is what the gospel of Mark tells us.
The man dressed in white spoke to the women and told them that Jesus was not there the he had risen just as he said. Then came the message that he was to give to these women, “But go, tell his disciples and Peter…..”
When the women went back to the disciples and gave them this message, oh how that must have brought joy back to Peter, that Jesus said go tell his disciples and Peter. Peter had blown it but by Jesus saying go tell my disciples and Peter, Jesus was saying Peter you are important to me. Yes you have blown it, but I am going to restore your joy.
Sometimes we blow it and we need to hear those go tell my disciples and_(fill in your name. We need joy restored to our lives. We need the joy of Easter in our lives and know that we matter to God.
God Bless and Happy Easter.