Holy Week is a week of ironies.This week, we saw a master wash his disciples’ feet.
We call the Friday when God was crucified as “good”.
We take the symbol of the most shameful and gruesome death and turn it into a symbol of unsurpassed triumph and life.
And now this — we rejoice on emptiness.
We don’t usually rejoice with emptiness.
We don’t take delight with an empty fridge.
Or an empty stomach.
Or an empty bank account.
Or the empty closet of your spouse.
Yet today, we give our loudest cheer because of an empty tomb.
For us Christians, the empty tomb gives us all the reasons to rejoice.
The emptiness of the tomb fills our lives with joy.
The emptiness of the tomb fills our hearts with hope.
The emptiness of the tomb fills our spirits with life.
From behind the stone that was rolled, the emptiness exclaims so loudly a million reasons to celebrate.
Your pain has purpose.
Your sin is erased.
Your past is forgiven.
Your future is secured.
Your life has meaning.
Your death is temporary.
Your hope is not in vain.
And yes, one last irony: today, Easter Sunday happens to be April Fools’ Day too.
And why not?
Wasn’t He who rose from the tomb this day the greatest fool who ever lived?
For who in his right mind would die for someone like me?
For who in his right mind would suffer for a wretch like me?
For who in his right mind would stand in my place at Calvary?
So today, I rejoice in emptiness. Others will not understand. Others will wonder. Others will shake their heads in disbelief.
I won’t be surprised if they think I’m crazy.
And perhaps, I am. Perhaps we are.
So fools, stand up, be counted and rejoice!
This is proudly our day!