Holy Week 2013: The End of Weeping

Easter Sunday
John 20:1-18

Today will be the last day of weeping for many people, just like it was for Mary.  The risen Christ comes to us and calls us by name, putting an end to the primal sadness that made us feel forgotten and abandoned.

To be called by name is to be known, not as one in the “sea of humanity,” but as a unique and unrepeatable son or daughter of God.

Easter means that we are not alone in our gardens.  Jesus is alive, and he has sought us out.

As he does this, he goes on to say to us what he said to Mary, “Go and tell others.”  Tell them they don’t have to weep anymore.  Tell them that because he lives, they can live also.

Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!

There is no need to weep anymore.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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