“Why do you look for the living among the Dead?
He is not here, but has Risen.” (Luke 24: 5)
Those words from Luke were addressed to the women who first came to the tomb bearing spices on that first Easter Morning.
They were expecting to anoint a body but instead found the angel messengers telling them that the one they were seeking was not there, had risen and they were to “Go and tell his disciples”.
They had the great proclamation that all of us have as Christians which is to, “Go and tell the Good News.”
The Easter season is a time when we can be encouraged to live life with hope for the future inspired by the Christian story of faith told to us through the gospel narratives.
During these last few weeks of Lockdown as we prepare for the lifting of restrictions, and the number of people who have been vaccinated rises, we need to find that inner strength to persevere and look for a new horizon. It is almost as if we have relived our own drama of the Passion story, but through that pain, the pain of the cross there does come new life and new hope.
Through times of darkness and troubles we can become open to find new hope.
Certainly the women coming to the tomb were going through a very dark time, and yet they hear and experience something that will energize their faith and give them hope.
I recall another time when in Jerusalem I went early in the morning to a garden and a tomb, not bearing spices but in great expectation. I was greeted by a bright sun rising up and shining into the stone tomb cave hewn into the rocks. Easter morning to me then was a very special experience... it still is.
Somehow for me each Easter day has a wonderful feeling of new hope, excitement and life!
As Christians we seek the Living Christ who works and moves with us in our lives… he is not dead, for he has risen.
We are all witnesses to this faith and if we follow the examples of those who first came to the empty tomb, we too can live out the Gospel through our actions.
This Easter be energized in your Faith, so that lives can be transformed, with Hope for the future, sharing in life-giving Love.
I wish you all a very Blessed Eastertide!
The Venerable Carol Coslett
Archdeacon of Chesterfield