[Jesus came] to destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death.” (Hebrews 2:14b-15)
Easter is about life to be sure but at the end of it all, I’ve always thought, Easter is about living unafraid. That’s because everything I love seems to end. Poetically we say that the world “passes away” but that just means that the people I love are vulnerable, I’m getting older, my parents are dead, things change. I’m not always afraid of those changes but inevitably those changes take things I value away. Take away enough and I get nervous, even afraid.
The women going to the tomb were afraid. Big changes, and bad changes, had altered their lives irrevocably. The loss of Jesus to death had to also cause their other fears to multiply: who would roll away the stone, would they be arrested with their fellow disciples—the folks hiding in an upper room—what would happen to them. Jesus’ first words were “Do not be afraid.”
By destroying death God shows us that all the other things we fear—the changes and losses of life—are not losses or pains that will stand. God is the Lord of life, death, and all that comes beyond it. Jesus set us free from fear by rising!
Those blessed by God to know the resurrection offer that incredible good news to the world. We do not have to be afraid. Our God lives and reigns!
The fun of our lives is that we get to share that Good News.
Christ is Risen! So we are NOT afraid. Alleluia!
Grace and peace,
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