The great mystery of Easter, for me, has always been the way we celebrate on Sunday and moved beyond it on Monday. It’s a comedy, a story you know with a surprise ending. What? We moved on. We didn’t sit in that glorious reality for centuries? And it’s a tragedy, a story you already know the ending to.
Easter is not an event, it is a reality.
Like the theory of relativity, Easter is an all encompassing idea about the way we experience the physical and spiritual world around us. It creates something new, something cosmic, something that previously wasn’t: freedom from death, freedom from oppressive structures and freedom in Christ.
On Easter, I preached from the Mark text [16:1-8].
It’s the shortest resurrection witness. The women run away in fear in trembling after eight verses. In Matthew, there’s a Monday. Jesus meets the disciples in Galilee, where he told them he would meet them. In Luke, we meet Jesus on the road to Emmaeus. There’s a Monday. In John’s account, we travel all over the place ending up on a beach where Jesus is serving short order breakfasts. There’s a Monday.
But in Mark, there’s no Monday.
Perhaps the writer is asking that we make a choice. Will we follow Jesus into the unknown of the week. Or will we allow Easter to fade away into our hallmark holiday memories, unchanged…untransformed.
On Easter, I said, to turn a phrase, “it’s Sunday, but Monday’s coming.”
Well, today is Monday. What is Jesus asking of you today? Follow him into a cosmic Easter reality of new life and transformation? Or are you stuck in Good Friday?
Tomorrow is our next opportunity to live in the reality of Easter.
The choice is yours.