On that first Easter Sunday morning, no one believed Jesus would be raised from the dead. The women were going there to complete the rituals for Jesus’ burial. Their big question was who was going to roll away the stone that blocked the tomb’s entrance.
When they saw the stone moved, they didn’t know what to think. When they couldn’t find the body of Jesus, they couldn’t figure it out.
Someone had to tell them what it all meant.
The afternoon of Jesus’ crucifixion, the sun went black. Scientists tell us there was probably a total eclipse around that time.
The gospel writers seem to see something different. The scene of God dying for His sinful children was just too much for creation to watch. So, in horror of seeing the One who had made them, the sun simply refused to shine.
I know my interpretation is a little poetic, but that doesn’t make it any less true. There is something about the death of Jesus that is just too horrible to watch. That’s why most of His disciples weren’t there. That’s why His friends left Him. Some things are just too hard to watch. And it’s the same reason most of rush by this day to try and get to the good news of Easter.
Thursday of Holy Week is a confusing and frustrating day. So much happens, you don’t know what to focus on first or the most.
We’re afraid we’re going to miss something important, overlook a significant detail, or miss the whole point altogether.
First, there’s the significance of Passover itself. The ritual meal commemorating God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt’s slavery is a compelling and enriching setting for Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. The lamb is being offered, blood is smeared on the doorpost as death hovers over the land.
Jesus is Moses. Jesus is the Lamb. Jesus is the Savior and the Sacrifice all in the same moment.
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