In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. [Matthew 28]
This coming Sunday, Christians across the world will mark the culmination of Lent with the celebration of Easter.
As the story goes, after being crucified on Friday Jesus’ body was placed in a borrowed tomb.
Early Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene and another woman went to the tomb to anoint the body and found the stone rolled away and an angel there who told them that Jesus was not there – that he had risen.
The imagery, specific to the resurrection of Jesus, is cherished across Christendom as the story of life after death – the Resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
Through a metaphysical lens, however; the story takes on a more immediate and practical Truth about the great power to be discovered in acknowledging the divine and walking a spiritual path.
The focus on the afterlife by early and modern Christians has all but obscured the story at the tomb on Easter morning. It’s hard for a subtle Truth to compete with the imagery and pageantry of such a story. The result is that we’ve lost touch with the larger Truth that no matter how bad things look, nor how permanent the damage may seem – when we are walking with Spirit, miracles happen.
This core principle is at the heart of many of the parables that Jesus shared throughout his life: feeding 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish, walking on water, the healing of the Centurion’s servant, to name but a few. And in the Hebrew tradition, the stories of Elijah being provided food as he rested under a broom tree, of the widow whose oil and flour never ran out, the miracle of the birth of Isaac, and the miracle of the oil that filled all the jars another widow could borrow teach a similar Truth. There are spiritual lessons aplenty in these and other stories but the big picture remains constant: those who choose to walk the spiritual path (acknowledging that there is something in life that is greater than we are, and probably not measurable through accepted scientific methods) find that regardless of how hopeless a situation may look; there is always room for a miracle.
When we look past the dogma of organized religion and see the simple but profound Truth in the lesson of the Easter story, we have an immense opportunity; not to dedicate ourselves to a certain teacher, saint or sect, but to see the great mystery of life revealed.
The empty tomb invites us to ponder the great power that is ours to lean on when we choose to walk in the knowledge and awe of the Divine. The choice is ours.
And so it is.
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