In Jerusalem, Westerners ask where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is, but Eastern Christians know it as the Church of the Resurrection. Some Christians stop at the cross, at Jesus bearing the sins of the whole world. Others go through the cross, the empty tomb and emerge surprised, seeing the old world lived in differently with new colour and joy.
Easter is not about death and destruction – business as usual in the old world. At the empty tomb Jesus’ followers are surprised by life, bewildered and transformed by hope. Old rules have been broken. We’re offered new life not because Jesus absorbed the sin and muck of the world on the cross, but because having done so, God then raised him from the dead. #
I want to be an Eastern Christian in Jerusalem, to live in the light of the resurrection. Easter is not possible without having first gone through Good Friday and Empty Saturday; but, if we stop at Good Friday, we have believed the lies of the old world that death has the final word. We must move on to be the Church of the Resurrection – confident to live as Easter People with ‘resurrection’ as our cry.