As of Friday, April 3, 2015
Let us sing of Easter gladness that rejoices every day,
Sing of hope and faith uplifted;
Love has rolled the stone away,
Lo, the promise and fulfillment,
Lo, the man whom God hath made,
Seen in glory of an Easter, Crowned with light that cannot fade.
– Christian Science Hymnal, page 413
Easter is a day of gladness. In fact, I feel this is the most important holiday we celebrate because on Easter Jesus proved God’s love triumphs over hate and malice.
He proved that truth cannot be silenced even by the most malicious efforts.
Most of all, He showed that death does not end man’s live. He came out of the tomb to the astonishment of even His disciples, some of whom had returned to their fishing, feeling all was lost because the human Jesus was gone.
When Jesus returned, even Thomas believed Jesus because of the nail wounds in His hands.
Jesus, during His return of some 40 days, must have really encouraged His disciples, doubling His efforts to assure them they could continue spreading the gospel of truth and healing without His being physically present.
He told them to feed His sheep, referring to the people who were receptive to the teaching of the disciples.
Jesus’ example and supreme sacrifice on the cross assured them that everything He taught them was the truth and that death is not the end of man’s life.
They were sure there was life after death and that man is eternal. What a relief that must have been to them…and, what a joy it is to us to know that nothing can destroy man’s life or take away his joy.
In all of human history, I believe, this is the most reassuring fact that God could give us. His love and care are continuous, and we are God’s dear children now and hereafter.
We can be healed, not only of sin and sickness, but even triumph over death.
No wonder the songwriter said, “Let us sing of Easter gladness,” not sadness.
Jesus showed us the way. All we have to do is follow.