The stone is rolled away, and the tomb is empty! Frabjous day, calloo calay!
It’s Easter Day, and that means it’s a day to celebrate so many different things. The promise of that manger on a silent night has been fulfilled. Christ’s resurrection has demonstrated not just God’s power over the universe, but also God’s love for us, and it reminds us that death is no barrier for Him. Just as Christ himself will live forever, we too can have eternal life. Our own stones will be rolled away and our own tombs emptied through his power and his love for us.
It’s also a day to stop, and realize that the last 40 days of Lenten prayer and sacrifice have made us better people. We are stronger in our faith, leaner and lighter, less burdened by the sins and cares of this world. All too often we focus on the hard work and effort required to improve our health, both physical and spiritual. The reminders of our physical health are often obvious – the absence of pain when your pulled muscle heals, that a heavy box isn’t so heavy anymore, racing up three flights of stairs without being winded, nailing that difficult yoga pose like a champ – the reminders of our spiritual health less so. Sometimes it takes more of an effort to recognize a light heart, the absence of the pain of guilt and doubt, and the overall brighter outlook. Today is the payoff of the forty day spiritual boot camp, and that means it is time to enjoy the outlook of a good Christian optimist, looking beyond today’s temporary stumbles and forward to the glory of everlasting life in God’s embrace.
Those feelings are wonderful, and they are a powerful reminder that God’s plan for us isn’t just for His benefit, but for our own. His laws, both those written in the Holy Book and those written into the operating code of the universe, are designed to keep us happy, healthy, wealthy, and wise. Anyone who tells you differently is selling you a snake oil in the hopes that you’ll sink down into the muck and mire with them. They place a greater emphasis on their own mission than they do your well being. Ignore them, resist them, and fight them tooth and nail. Not just for His good, but for your own.
It’s also a day to celebrate that our completion of a holy boot camp leaves us stronger for the fight against those forces of darkness, wherever they may lurk. It could be the classroom, the boardroom, or even the game room*. Where man is present, so too are the whispers of the Adversary, but you should have no fear. Stand up to his minions in your everyday life – you’ve got the tools, you’ve got the talent – and remember that you are never alone. Although it may often seem a lonely business, these everyday battles for the betterment of creation, in truth you are one foot soldier among the legions. But even if you were the last soldier of Christ on earth, you still wouldn’t be alone. Because when you do God’s work, He is there with you.
So celebrate! Flex those spiritual muscles! Eat too much chocolate, hug your family too hard, drink a little too much, and laugh a little too loud. We Christians have much to live for, much to love, much to laugh about.
Now go in peace to love and serve your fellow man.
*Hey, look, this post is relevant to role-playing games!