Our Ukarumpa community gathered at 6am on Easter Sunday for praise and thanksgiving, remembering the pivotal moment in history when death was defeated and Christ arose in victory.
Several people read a compiled account from all four Gospels which highlighted the emotional turmoil faced by the women at the tomb and the disciples in their ‘safe house’, on the news that the tomb was empty.
Luke’s Gospel (chapter 24) is particularly telling as it recounts the angel’s incredulity at the women’s expectation of finding a body to tend to given that Jesus had told them he would be raised on the third day. Luke then emphasises the point by noting the disciples’ reaction to the women’s testimony considering it nonsense.
We may be tempted to join in the angel’s incredulity for a moment, before we consider the ways in which we might turn to our own ‘safe houses’ when confronted with turmoil. We can try to fix things ourselves, working a bit harder, investing a little more, striving to get on top of the situation and reclaim control. Or perhaps like the disciples, we simply give in to the hopelessness and turn to familiar comforts in an attempt to ease the pain.
At these times, the many assurances of Jesus may seem far off in our overwhelming situation. The angels may well say to us, ‘Why do you look for life in these places? Remember the words of Jesus.’
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
- Praise God that Christ is the victorious Living One, the Alpha and Omega, and that ‘It is done’. Rev 21:6
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