Jesus’ Resurrection is an indication of what we can and will experience. The Resurrection of Jesus is the first of millions, or as the Bible puts it, "The fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again." (1 Corinthians 15 v 20 New Living Translation) It is most wonderful to note the transformation brought about in lives in the New Testament after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our Risen Lord is the one who makes all things new and even now, I believe, He is breathing the Holy Spirit upon us as He did to His first disciples in the upper room when He first appeared to them (John 20. 22). Resurrection starts here and now!
We have various pictures or symbols of Resurrection: butterflies, eggs, rabbits, even the peacock (because its flesh was believed not to decay).
But I guess our main symbol is the egg. Eggs are particularly rich in symbolism. The life of an egg seems hardly to exist –until a chick grows and pecks its way out. In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, eggs were dyed red at Easter to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross. The hard shell of the egg symbolized his sealed tomb. When the egg was cracked it represented the chick breaking its way out, and so was a reminder of how Jesus emerged from the tomb.
I wonder how many people sometimes feel they are trapped in a tomb. Could they be released from the tomb of jealousy, or remorse, or regret, or addictive behaviour? No? Maybe the tomb feels too solid, or the stone seems too big to roll away, or someone has been in the tomb so long that they cannot imagine anything different?
The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead has shown us the force of God’s presence, which is stronger than death and any tribulations that we may face. That power is not necessarily seen in dramatic supernatural ways. Every small gesture of kindness, every act of forgiveness, every medical advance or therapeutic procedure – each is part of his power. Follow the Jesus model – get that stone rolled away this Easter!