by Andrew Hillard
Most of us are finding ourselves with more time at home these days than we are used to. Maybe that means more time to organize and clean that long-neglected closet. Or more time for old hobbies long forgotten. More time with family or more time to call old friends. Or if, like me, you are mourning the early end to the college basketball season, then maybe it means more time to watch old games being replayed on various networks. You may think that’s a waste of time. You may even be right about that, but we’re all coping with things in our own ways. But what I’ve noticed about watching those old games is that when I know how it ends, the ups and downs of the game just don’t have the same effect on me. It’s the same when someone spoils the ending of a book you’re reading or a show you’re watching. Familiarity tends to lessen the effect things have on us.
Does the same thing happen to us as we read Luke’s Gospel? It can. We know how the story ends, don’t we? And so we read about the death and darkness of Friday knowing what Sunday will bring. The danger is that we lose the suspense and the surprise of the story. The women who had followed Jesus from Galilee showed up at the tomb with spices prepared for burial, but there was no body to be found! They expected to find the body of Jesus in that dark, stone tomb, but instead they met two men standing in dazzling apparel, who would tell them that Jesus had risen from the dead! They remembered Jesus’ words, foretelling his death and resurrection, but when they told His disciples, they couldn’t believe it! We could criticize the disciples for not remembering Jesus’ words, but the reality is that everything about the resurrection of Jesus is shocking. When Peter saw the empty tomb, “he went home marveling at what had happened” (Luke 24:12). This week, as Easter approaches, let’s take some of our time at home to marvel at the surprising glory of what Christ has done for us!