At dawn, on the first day of the week the women went to the tomb of Jesus but the tomb was empty. They did not find what they were looking for! They found something else, the risen Saviour, and joy: “so the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy…” (Matthew 28:8)
Easter is the triumph of joy!
John dedicates five chapters to the last night of Jesus with his disciples (John 13-17)! What is so amazing about this, is that as heavy darkness is descending both outside and inside the hearts, and the frightening shadow of the cross is overcast on Jesus, he speaks about JOY to his disciples (John 16:17-24)! In a short interval Jesus mentions joy four times! One last time before his death Jesus wants to make his disciples to focus on and anticipate Easter morning, as the explosive dawn of JOY! All that is to happen on Good Friday and Easter morning is about JOY!
Easter is the triumph of Jesus over sin, evil and death. It is the triumph of joy! This joy is not a cover over bad things! It is joy that triumphs over all that is bad, hurtful, sinful, and evil! Easter is not about hiding your disappointments, suppressing your pain, trivialising your loss, putting on a smile and pretending with a happy face that everything is fine. No, not at all!
Easter means: A new age has begun! Jesus has risen and His kingdom is here. He has conquered death, sin, and evil! Jesus is alive and He sits on His throne! And He is putting His and all your enemies under His feet! Jesus is taking all your pain, and grief, and burden and overcomes them all, making you more than conquerors. That’s His promise to you if you put your trust in Him! You will have trouble in this world but take heart! He has overcome the world! Your sorrow will turn to joy, and no-one will take your joy from you! For you are more than conquerors through Christ!
Easter declares for all time that Jesus who has conquered death gives us the victory, the triumph of joy!