Here’s a collection of blog entries on the Desiring God Blog which I read over the easter weekend:
he shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” But for all its grammatical simplicity, it’s packed with unfathomable complexity.
Jesus wept after speaking with Lazarus’ grieving sisters, Martha and Mary, and seeing all the mourners. That seems natural enough.
Except that Jesus had come to Bethany to raise Lazarus from the dead. He knew that in a few short minutes all this weeping would turn to astonished joy, and then tearful laughter, and then worship.
So one would think that Jesus would be a confident, joyful calm in that storm of sorrow. But he was “greatly troubled” (John 11:33) and he wept. Why?
Today our Resurrection Day is very different than it was for those followers on the road to Emmaus and those hiding behind locked doors in Jerusalem. We not only have the entire Old Testament that prepares us to understand the suffering and glory of Jesus, but also the entire New Testament to expand our grasp of it. The whole of the Bible invites us to share in the suffering as well as the glory of our Savior even as it instills in us a solid confidence that our suffering will one day give way to great glory.
You’ve likely already been asked (or asked someone else) this question today: “So, how was your Easter?” Around the water cooler or over coffee, we recount our big day: where we went to church, what was on the menu, was familial catastrophe averted, etc. And by the time Wednesday rolls around, people’s attention will have shifted to the royal nuptials. The common assumption is clear: Easter? That was so last Sunday. Indeed, I just now received an e-mail from a Christian acquaintance wishing me a happy belated Easter.
But what isn’t lost on many of our brothers and sisters in other Christian traditions is this truth: Easter hasn’t ended.
All good reminders about what Easter is really about. Christ died, Christ was buried and Christ rose again!