“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, [two women] came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They went in but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes. So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground. ‘Why are you looking for the living among the dead?’ asked the men. ‘He is not here, but He has been resurrected!”
New Life . . .
As a little girl, Easter Sunday meant a new dress. Soft pink or pale yellow. With a straw hat to match.
I knew Easter meant more than a new outfit. I knew it was the day we’d celebrate the empty tomb — the day we’d sing He Is Risen. But I still looked forward to the new dress. Other than new clothes for school in September, Easter was the one time a year I got to wear something new.
On Easter Sunday, I cherished every ruffle of lace. My dress usually had a ribbon that tied in the back, so I’d tie it with care, making sure the bow had the perfect amount of poof. And the hat…oh, the hat…I wore it with a certain tilt, thinking that’s how it was done.
When I think about the First Easter — when two women walked to the tomb, only to find it empty — I doubt they were thinking about their clothes. The darkness that covered the earth on Friday still covered their hearts. For their hopes had been crucified with Jesus.
But then two men stood by them in dazzling clothes, angels with the most important message any ear would ever hear: He is not here, but He has been resurrected!
In that moment, something stirred in their spirit. New hope. New life. Because Jesus is alive. And they ran with all their strength back to their friends to share this amazing news.
Two women were the first to relay the news: He’s alive!
Now we get to do the same. Not just on Easter Sunday. But every day. We can share the hope we have. Jesus came to exchange our sin for His grace. Because of Jesus’s death and resurrection, we are given new life.
In Ephesians 4:22-24, we’re told that our old way of life has been removed, like an old garment, and we can put on our new life in Christ, like a new robe.
In Revelation 19:8, we see the bride of Christ — the Church — being clothed in bright linen.
Today, I carry on the same Easter tradition with my daughters. But a new Easter dress isn’t the real point. It’s merely a symbol, a way of remembering, that because He is risen, we are robed with new life.
Do you have a tradition on Easter Sunday?
How will you celebrate our risen Savior today?