Most of this old world was about the same on Easter Sunday as it had
been on Palm Sunday. But this was so because the triumph of God was more
of heaven than of earth. The triumphant God had opened heaven, not changed
earth. Jesus-God had forced open the gates of heaven slammed shut by the
stupidity of human beings who in Eden had abandoned God to make their
own way in the world. The triumph of Jesus-God was that he saved human
beings despite themselves. More accurately, he made salvation possible
for them. Now the real battle began ... the battle to make the possibility
of salvation a reality for each individual.
After the resurrection the story of God triumphant was to be told deep
in the hearts of every individual. It was for this reason that he did
not remain long on earth after Easter. It was for this reason that he
gave the strange [and somewhat harsh] command to his dear friend Mary
in the garden: “Don’t touch me!” (John 20:11-18)
The time for walking and talking with humans on the dusty roads of Palestine
was over. The time had come to speak to each individual in the darkness
and quiet of their own heart. The days of touching Jesus-God were over.
The days of finding Jesus-God deep inside oneself had begun. The story
of Jesus Christ continues after his death and resurrection even till now.
But now the story is the story of his efforts to make his triumph over
sin and death a personal triumph for every human being.
Today is Easter Sunday, the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.
Jesus Christ lives now triumphantly in heaven with his Father and here
on earth in the hearts of each one of us. God-willing we will make his
triumph our own. God-willing we too shall rise to see the glory and brightness
of a new Easter where we will be met by our triumphant God.
Then we will end our own pilgrimage and finally and forever be at home
with our flesh and blood, Jesus Christ the Lord.