‘There was a violent earthquake for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it’
So Matthew begins his account of the resurrection of Jesus. In the same way that earthquakes change the world so the resurrection of Jesus changed everything! It changed the lives of those there at the time and, as the impact reverberated, others were changed, history was changed and it continues to change our lives and our world.
Everything changed for the women who were on the way to the tomb when the earthquake happened
Everything changed for the soldiers who were so afraid they fainted but unexpectedly it is the women who were able to speak to the angel and receive the message
Everything changed when the women left the tomb, as they meet the risen Christ
Everything changed when they fall at his feet and worship him as they recognise that this man they had known for several years is no mere man but is indeed God
Everything changed for the disciples as they receive the message from the women – no more will women be seen as second class, inferior citizens, Jesus appeared to them and trusted them to pass on the message
Everything changed for the disciples as the despair and mourning of Friday becomes the hope and joy of Sunday
Everything changed as the disciples become apostles – sent out to tell others, to preach and teach, to heal the sick and set free the prisoners and proclaim the kingdom of God
Everything changed as the early Christians met persecution, suffered and even died because of their faith in the resurrected Christ.
Everything changed as the risen Christ announces the defeat of evil
Everything changed as the old covenant is replaced by the new covenant, sealed with the blood of Christ
Everything changed as the Passover takes on new meaning, and now we celebrate Holy Communion
Everything changed as the place where God dwells shifts from the Temple to the body of Christ
Everything changed as the centre of worship is not in outward acts but in a change of heart
Everything changed as Jesus’ new world order is finally here, a world without injustice, poverty, oppression, war; where his people will know and live for his kingdom and seek to see his will done on earth as it is in heaven.
everything still changes
Everything changes when we choose to hear the voices that tell us nothing has changed and nothing can change
Everything changes when we believe God is here and heaven is all around us and we can live in his abundance of life now
Everything changes when we recognise that we will grieve and mourn, we will know sadness but not as those without hope, for Jesus has defeated the power of death
Everything changes when we refuse to accept the status quo and instead pray and work for peace and justice
Everything changes when we seek first to live in the kingdom of God, living our lives knowing that God is in control
Everything changes when we know that we have been reconciled to God through Christ, knowing his righteousness, peace and joy.
The great HOPE of Easter, is that everything has changed and will change one day, when all things will be made new, we will be resurrected and we will live with Him in a new earth restored and redeemed.
May we know that everything changed, may we know that everything can change and may we live in the hope that everything will change
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again