I was thinking as I was driving home from church on Easter Sunday about the tomb and the big stone that sealed it.
What if on Easter morning the stone had not been rolled away? What if the women that went to the tomb had found Jesus’ body?
For Christians, it would be the biggest understatement of all time to say that “then things would have been different!”
Yet it seems to me that’s how we often behave.
We say that we believe and that we take Jesus and God’s love into our hearts…and then we lock them inside to stay with our own big stone. That’s not what Jesus told us to do. Remember, “Love your neighbor?” Remember, “Love your enemy?” Remember, “Turn the other cheek?”
Christians are not supposed to keep Jesus and God’s love locked away in our hearts. We’re supposed to open the tomb or our hearts wide—share Jesus and God’s love with all we meet and in everything we do!
This is the message of Easter: That Jesus lives! Jesus lives in us, and through us and in all that we do! God’s love is alive! God’s love runs through us when we love our neighbor, love our enemy, and when we turn the other cheek!
It’s work, it’s hard work to move our big stones away. To always and immediately throw open our hearts and let the Easter inside rush out and embrace the other with kindness, mercy and compassion. But that’s what being a Christian is. My prayer this Easter season is that each and every one of us can move away our big stone and let our Easter free!