Sunday, March 31, 2013
To me it's the confirmation of hope. The most frightening thing I experienced, I experienced as a child - the fear of death. I was told, early on, that death simply meant extinction, total darkness, nothingness - a dreamless sleep without a morning.
Easter is the contradiction to all of that. Easter says that we will survive the physical death to which we're all beholden, and that the joy we sometimes taste in our lives will be our birthright in a new creation - one that will never end. And endless morning, if you will, without the need for sleep.
Original sin and the ransom of Christ's life are important, sure - but the heart of the Easter message, the heart of Christ's love, is that of the parent picking up the terrified child, and wiping away the tears, saying that there really isn't anything to be afraid of.
The tomb's empty. It's time to play!