In the light of the Easter Morning

During the Holy Week we walk in the footsteps of Jesus. On Good Friday, our journey takes us to the foot of the cross. We are facing the moment of deepest sorrow and darkness: Jesus gives his life on the cross. All his disciples can see is utter failure and defeat, the end of everything. As they bury Jesus, they also bury the hope they had put in him.

However, the Easter Morning sun is already rising. The tomb covered a moment ago with a stone is now empty. Jesus, who was just buried, meets his friends in the garden. He greets them saying: “Do not be afraid!” (Matt. 28:10). It is no wonder that those encountering him could not believe their eyes. Nevertheless, from underneath wonder and unbelief understanding and faith arise. The brightest light and the greatest joy overwhelm them. The hope that was gone is alive again.

On Easter Morning impossible turns to possible. Life breaks through the power of death. Christ conquers death – not only to live again but to give new life to the whole world. In his life, his death on the cross and in his resurrection the reality of our living God breaks into this world.

In the bright light of Easter Morning, a new reality unfolds. At the empty tomb, our own lives and the entire world can be seen in a new light, in the light of resurrection and hope. Where there was darkness, there is now light. What was mortal, becomes immortal, and what was dead, arises to a new life in communion with God.

From the empty tomb, the Resurrected invites us to continue our journey in his footsteps – every day, to look at ourselves and others, all of creation, in the light of the Easter Morning.

Go spread the news: He’s not in the grave;

He has arisen this world to save.

Jesus’ redeeming labors are done;

Even the battle with sin is won.

Let us sing praise to Him with endless joy;

Death’s fearful sting He has come to destroy.

Our sin forgiving, alleluia!

Jesus is living, alleluia!

(Original text: Bernard Kyamanywa, English: Howard S. Olson)


Christ is risen! Joyful Easter!