You Ain’t Got No Easter Clothes – Greg Albrecht
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”—John 11:43-44Welcome to the party! Easter is the annual celebration Christians around the world anticipate and long for. Once again we savor victory in Christ. As Christians we are celebrating the most triumphant and victorious day in all history.
Let’s begin with the words of Peter, who tells us, in 1 Peter 1:3-4:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you.…
In the 24th chapter of Luke we read that women went to Jesus’ tomb, early on Sunday morning and found the stone that had sealed the tomb had rolled away. They ventured inside, found the tomb empty, and while they were wondering why, two angels, in clothes that gleamed like lightening stood beside them, and asked them a provocative question:
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”—Luke 24:5-6
These women were totally unprepared for an empty tomb. They weren’t expecting the resurrection. They weren’t expecting a living Lord, they were expecting a dead body. In their experience, and in ours, dead bodies don’t rise to life. But because of Easter, because of Jesus Christ’s incredible victory, we worship a living Lord, a dynamic Savior. Jesus is risen!
Easter is all about the victory we have in Christ, by God’s grace. He is risen, he is risen, indeed! Jesus has overcome death and opened the gates of everlasting life to us. As we live in him and he in us, all of our battles truly belong to the Lord. The resurrection testifies that our Lord and Savior is the victor of all the battles that loom before us, now and forever.