Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Thoughts

This coming Sunday marks a time when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As we approach Easter, I'd like to share with you a brief  meditation I wrote. It first appeared three years ago in The Upper Room devotional guide.

  “Now to you who believe, this stone is precious….” I Peter 2:7a
            In Biblical times, stones served as monuments to mark notable events. We continue that practice today, but in a somewhat different manner. No longer do we pile up rocks and give the resulting memorial a name, like “Bethel”—the house of God. But when someone dies, we indicate the resting place with tombstones. And when we erect a building, we set an engraved cornerstone to commemorate the occasion.
            Tombstones and cornerstones. Both are large pieces of stone, usually granite or marble, substances likely to last for many decades, even centuries. The pieces are polished, then engraved with names and dates. But the similarity stops there. One indicates the end of a life. The other marks the beginning of something that will last.
            After Jesus was crucified, pronounced dead, and sealed in a cave, there were those who were ready to erect a tombstone for him and write “finished” on it. But Peter took great pains to assure the early Christians to whom he wrote that the Rock upon which their faith was founded was a living stone, enduring and powerful. The crucifixion did not chisel the final date in Jesus’ tombstone. Rather, His resurrection laid the cornerstone of the Christian faith, a monument that will last forever.           

1 comment:

Lenore Buth at www.awomansview.typepad.com said...

Richard, thanks for giving this lifetime Christian a NEW thought for Easter. What a beautiful way to express a timeless truth. God bless you and Easter JOY!