Well friends, another Easter has come and passed. The music has rung out. The eggs have been hunted. The brunches have been eaten. Jesus is risen! And just like that moment on Christmas morning after the presents have all been opened, we are left to ask, “What now?”
That’s just the question we will be wrestling with this coming Sunday morning. What do we do now? If Jesus is raised, what are we supposed to do now? Mark tells the story of the women arriving at the tomb to properly prepare the body for burial. When they reached it, they were in utter shock to find the stone rolled away and a young man dressed in white sitting on the bench where Jesus’ body had been laid. But he didn’t just sit. He spoke! I’m sure the women were too shocked to even comprehend his words, but he just kept speaking.
“He’s been raised. He’s not here!” This was the elephant in the room, wasn’t it? OF COURSE Jesus wasn’t there. But where was he? “Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.” And at that, the women ran as fast as they could, full of amazement and terror. And they didn’t tell a soul what they had seen!
But something was waiting for the disciples there in Galilee. Why Galilee? For the same reason that something is waiting for us in Galilee 2,000 years later. I hope you will join me on Sunday morning, because the story of Easter isn’t over just yet. There’s more waiting for us. And when we get back to Galilee, the real Easter journey of whimsy and adventure will truly begin.
Associate Director of Youth Ministries