“He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him.” These are the words we have been waiting to hear since the angel first announced to Mary that she would bear a son.
We say that “this child was born to die.” That is true. The death and resurrection of Jesus was the culmination of his ministry and the reason he came to earth. Without Easter, there is no reason for Christmas.
Easter gives us the promise that nothing is stronger than God’s love. Things may die, but there is always resurrection. God brings life, even out of death. Therefore we can look to the future, no matter what may happen, with hope and optimism. This hope rests not on an understanding on human goodness - which Jesus’ crucifixion shows us is in short supply - but on the God who stays with us, continuing to give us life.
It is helpful to see the grass returning (Pugsley the Pug-dog is certainly happy about that) and crocuses popping up out of the ground, but the spring season only reinforces the Easter message. Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! And because Christ is risen, we have the promise that death is not the final word on life. Life wins and Love wins.