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Meditate On This: Easter Sunday

Meditate On This

Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays. It’s filled with Easter egg hunts, family time, and seersucker suits. But the older I get, the more I appreciate the spiritual side of Easter. 

Easter is time where we reflect on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This past Sunday, we highlighted the passages in the resurrection story where burial clothes (strips of linen) show up. Strips of linen are some of the first items that John and Peter see in the tomb when they go to look for Jesus.

But more than just fabric, these strips represent that death has been defeated. They no longer serve this purpose; they are no longer needed. But here’s the thing: a lot of us are still walking around with our grave clothes on. Perhaps it’s sin, regrets, doubts, fears… you know your answer. A lot of us carry these around. 

Here’s the beautiful thing about Easter: it serves as a powerful reminder that our burial clothes are no longer needed. We don’t need our burial clothes because we have a new life in the resurrection.

In John 11, when Jesus visits the tomb of Lazarus, he calls him by name out of the tomb. This is a powerful moment where Christ shows his authority over death. After Lazarus walks out of the tomb, Jesus tells him to take off his grave clothes and go. Jesus is telling him, you have new life. Go and do something meaningful with it. This new life is what Easter is all about.