This past Sunday, billions of people went to church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. In some churches, ladies wore beautiful new dresses and hats; in others, there was an Easter egg hunt after the service. You may have gone to church, heard a powerful sermon on the empty tomb, and then had a picnic by the lake with your family. Regardless of how you or anyone else celebrated Easter Sunday, the important matter is how you will live in light of the risen Jesus.
Christianity is not about days on a calendar, it is about a God and His People. Likewise, Easter is not about a day in history, it is about Jesus and His followers. We can talk a lot about the theological significance of Easter, but we’ll leave that to the theologians. What amazes me are the responses of the followers of Jesus to the reality of His resurrection. We’ll look at just one of these responses to help us understand how to respond to the risen Jesus.
"Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter…So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together…"
Run to Jesus
It is obvious in reading the other accounts of this story that no one knew exactly what was going on. Mary did not understand what she had seen or heard, and the disciples did not understand what her news implied. What they did know, however, was that if the body of Jesus was no longer in the tomb, something really, really big had occurred…so they ran!
I can vividly remember the night my baby brother was born. I was three years old, asleep, and probably dreaming about animal crackers when my dad woke me up. “We have to hurry,” he said, “your brother is about to be born!” Within a matter of seconds my dad had me in his arms running out the door and on the way to the hospital to meet my mom. He ran because he was excited! He ran because he was scared! He ran because something major was happening!
This is the response of the followers of Jesus in the Bible when they found out that Jesus had risen, and it is to be our response. You might not understand everything about the resurrection, how it happened, or all that it implied. But what should be obvious to you is that Jesus is awesome, He is alive, and if He can handle even death, He can handle your problems. Run to Jesus!