Luke 24:1-3 states that very early in the morning, the women took their spices to the tomb but when they entered, they did not find the body of Christ. One of the first things that we notice in this story is that these women did not go to the tomb expecting the resurrection. This is evident in the fact that they brought the very thing needed to tend to a dead body.
Their strange encounter amplifies when two angels of the Lord appear and say to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” He is not here; he has risen!” These two phrases represent Easter Sunday perfectly. These women go to the tomb anticipating death but leave with the reminder that they are called to live.
One of my favorite parts of this scene is how the women respond. They don’t stay at the tomb. They don’t create an altar. The tomb is for the dead and Christ has risen! I hope you see excitement and joy as these women immediately drop their spices, run, and share the good news with those they are closest to. They do exactly what we are called to do as followers of Jesus. Share the resurrection.
Easter is one my favorite Sundays. It is filled with family, friends, and lots of food (and candy too)! But more than those things, Easter is a reminder that we are called to live. Christ never intended for us to stay at the tomb. Rather, Christ died and was resurrected so that we too would live and share the good news of Jesus Christ.