Do Not Be Afraid... He is Risen
Have you ever thought about the Easter story from the point of view of the Roman soldiers guarding the tomb on Easter morning? Have you ever thought about how afraid they must have been with earthquakes happening, angels appearing and the tomb empty?
When the two Marys came to the tomb and they saw the angel sitting there they must have been pretty frightened too. The fear of the soldiers and the two Marys make the words of the angel that morning all the more meaningful, "do not be afraid... He is risen".
When you see things from the point of view of the participants it gives deeper meaning to the events. It helps us understand. Just think about what the women and the soldiers had just been through. The message of Easter becomes clearer when we get into the emotions of the women and the soldiers.
We get it. We too have fears, but no matter what situation we find ourselves in we can be sure, God has the same message for us, "do not be afraid... He is risen".
School is a relational place. At school lives intersect. Our school is home to parents, children, and staff facing challenges, concerns, and fears of all kinds. Our school is also a place where we trust the words of Jesus. It is a place where we lean on the words of the angel at the tomb.
"Do not be afraid... He is risen."
These words, spoken to comfort the women and soldiers many years ago this week, still comfort us today.
We remember them on Easter morning but they shelter us all year.
"Do not be afraid...He is risen."