Jesus appeared first to Mary, to one who had been broken and battered by this world perhaps as much as anyone He had called and ministered to. Mary was first at the tomb precisely because of her love for her Lord, because of her appreciation of who and what she had been before Christ and of what He saw that she could be after Christ. So she braved the unknown early that first Easter morning. She went to the tomb despite the risks, despite the infuriated crowds of only the day before.
And her dedication was rewarded in that she was the first human witness to the single most seminal moment in all of recorded history! The risen Christ. And Christ knew her. In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God….in Him was light, and the light was the life of men, and the light shown in darkness. But the darkness comprehendeth it not.
This self same Word, called this formerly broken, sinful woman…by her name. The God who hung the stars, knew her. As He knows you.
And in appearing to her he proved that he had conquered death. He conquered death because He had the authority to create life. Some four thousand years prior He had spoken, “Let there be light…” and there was light and then life. So it was perfectly fitting for Him to say later, “Lazarus….COME FORTH.” and it was just as fitting that He himself could not be held by death.
- Islam says he swooned or that there was an impostor on the cross.
- The non-believer tries to explain away his miracles as some sort of magic trick or a science project that can be rationalized.
- All other leaders and central figures of all other religions are all cold and dead in a grave somewhere. No other even dares make the claim to have conquered death so that Paul could write truthfully later, “Death where is thy sting…”
There were no tricks….there was no conspiracy by the disciples, (these claims defy logic)…CHRIST IS RISEN….HE LIVES!!
And if Christ be risen, if he has authority over even death, then all of his other claims come sharply into focus. All of his other miracles are validated and his work on the cross has been deemed acceptable by the Father.
If He be risen then He cannot be written off as the pantheist would attempt to do… as a presence or energy that is present in all things. He cannot be set aside as merely one of many “good moral teachers”. If He be risen, then He can only be EXACTLY who He claimed to be. If He is risen, then the words he taught cannot just be true…He in fact MUST BE THE TRUTH.
If He be risen what more is left to any of us but to fall on our faces and cry out…”My Lord and my God!!”
This is not just a holiday. This cannot be usurped by some johnny come lately pantheistic impostor called earth day. Today we comemorate the single TITANIC moment in all of time in all of the Universe.
JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN!!