There was this awesome Easter cartoon I saw – I cannot post as I don’t have the rights, but it can be found on this site.
It shows Jesus walking out of the tomb right into a paparazzi of disciples holding mobile phones taking footage of the event.
Of course it is ridiculous because the mobile phone wasn’t invented in 33AD, but after having chuckled I thought about the depicted scene a bit more.
Why weren’t the disciples waiting in anticipation to see Jesus walk out of the tomb?
I combed through the Gospels and turned up all the things Jesus had said to his disciples during those years he walked closely with them. Matthew recorded that Jesus said he would be crucified and that he would rise again on the third day no less than six times, not including the Last Supper.
Considering the miracles the disciples had seen, and all the strange things Jesus had said about being the Messiah and Saviour of the World, it would be reasonable to expect that they might have been camped there, ready for the action on resurrection morning.
Half of them were in hiding, and the women who did come to the tomb early in the morning weren’t there with mobile phones in anticipation. They’d come in mourning, with spices to anoint Jesus’ body.
How are we like this today? If there is a new announcement about a new iPhone being released, people will camp outside the store ready to be first. There is more faith in Apple than there is in the words of Christ.
Jesus said many amazing things during his life on earth, including that he had come to save the world, and that whoever believed in Him would have eternal life.
On Resurrection morning, Peter was hiding, ashamed of what he had done. He had boasted of his commitment to the cause, yet had denied Christ at the first sign of pressure.
Judas had misbelieved, lost hope and when he was at that point of despair, he made an irreversible decision. He’d got caught up with the idea of making money. He believed and followed Jesus, but had his eye on the opportunity to build his wealth.
John and the others were disillusioned and bewildered. John had been caught up with the position he thought was his due in the coming kingdom. Then when Christ was crucified (as predicted) everything fell apart. What happened to the kingdom and the position? Had they just wasted three years of their life following a circus?
Mary was grieving, believing she had lost the one man who had believed in her and forgiven her.
None of them expected the promise to still be on track—poised and waiting to break forth.
What do you think Jesus meant when he talked about overcoming the world? Where are you situated this coming Easter? Are you poised with your mobile phone ready to record the miracle?
I have promises from God that have come by Scripture and prophecy, and some of those promises look impossible, right at this moment. But this Easter, I’m going to be facing the tomb—my disappointment—and I am going to be waiting for the Saviour to break forth in victory. I don’t want someone to have to come after me in hiding to say, guess what? He did what he said he would do!
There is a song I heard on the sound track of the movie, Fire Proof called ‘While I’m Waiting’.
While I’m waiting, I will serve you, while I’m waiting, I will worship.
Let me add to those lyrics: While I’m waiting, I will watch for the victory.
We could ask the question of the disciples and followers of Christ: What did you think Jesus meant when he said all these things?
We could ask the same question of ourselves.
What did you think he meant?
While you are waiting, serve and worship.
You are writers, and even while you’re waiting for an international break through, you can always serve and you can always worship. Serve with your ability to communicate with others, and worship the same way.
God Bless you this Easter
President of Omega Writers Australasia
Author of the ‘The Heart of Green Valley’ series, and many other titles including ‘Falling for Maddie Grace’.