This past Christmas my wife and I were running around Fort Wayne looking for presents for my family. In my wife’s view, I pick gifts at random (no rhyme, no reason). When the dust settled on our shopping, I bought my dad ear protective headphones. She asked me to explain. My reason was two-fold. I get bored on the lawn mower and want to be entertained. I also know from my years in a factory that having ear protection is important if you want to hear in the future. She wasn’t thrilled with the gift but allowed me to purchase it. She articulated to me, though, I needed to explain the reasons behind the gift when he opened it up.
Sometimes gifts need explaining. My dad understood the explanation and seemed perfectly content with his unusual gift. The women at the tomb on the day of Jesus’ resurrection needed the gift of his resurrected life explained to them. It’s totally understandable. It was an unusual gift for sure. No one had received anything like it before.
In the end, the giver wants the gift to be used. It’s too early to tell if my dad’s gift will be used. It’s out of my hands. But what is in my hands right now is using the gift of Jesus’ resurrection. I want to be like the women who came to the tomb that first Easter morning. I want to hold the gift of eternal life by believing in Jesus. I want it to change my world like it did their world. And I want it to change society like it did theirs.
Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed! Let’s live like we believe that.
Scripture: Luke 24:1-12
24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.
9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.