The Unexpected Glory of Easter

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). – John 20:16

Christ is Risen!

Jesus’ followers were all mourning for his death. Early Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene went to visit Jesus’ tomb to anoint his dead body but she was so shocked to see the tomb open and the stone was rolled away. She thought somebody took the Lord’s dead body so she ran to the apostles to inform them. Although, the Lord Jesus had said even before his arrest that He would die but would rise up again on the third day, nobody among the apostles’ and His closest followers seemed to remember those words. They were not expecting it to happen.

As Peter and John heard what had happened from Mary, they raced toward the tomb to see. When they found out that, it was true but they went back home. Mary on the other hand remained outside the tomb weeping. She was looking for her Master. Two angels had appeared to Mary and talked to her but she was too full of sorrow that she did not even recognize them. She turned around and saw the Lord standing but she did not recognize Him too.

Indeed, unexpected events, or problems can cause irreparable sorrow to us that we could not see clearly from our human perception. We search for comfort and solution but we could not comprehend our situation and we ask God why such things are happening to us. Christians are not free from such experiences. However, our deep relationship with the Lord will allow us to understand that the mighty hand of God has never forsaken us.

In our deepest sorrow, God attends to us. In her deepest sorrow, Mary has found that what she is looking for is just beside her when Jesus calls her name. God knows each one of us and loves each one of us personally.

God is with us even in the midst of our darkest sorrow. We have enough reason to rejoice in His living presence. We can see the unexpected glory of Easter, the power of His resurrection and redemption alive in our lives. As Christians, may we be able to spread the good news that the Lord is risen. May we all be a living testimony to the glory we have beheld in His resurrection.

Digested from a “Resurrection Sunday” sermon by: Rev. Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro, United Methodist Church, April 24, 2011

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