Isaiah 65:17-25 Psalm 118:1-2 & 14-24 Acts 10:34-43 Luke 24:1-12
It’s probably unusual to write an Easter meditation based on an Old Testament passage. But as I reviewed the assigned readings, Isaiah’s “Glorious New Creation” left me with the hope and joy that is to me, the meaning of Easter. There is a promise that the “voice of weeping shall no longer be heard nor the voice of crying”. We experience joy but we also experience sadness in our lives. We ourselves may have hardships or know family or friends experiencing illness, divorce, death. Tears have fallen and the sound of weeping has been heard. The good news is that the story does not end here as it did not end on the cross. The passage continues – “it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear”. The promise of Easter is that despite the weeping only days before, there is now joy. Our Lord answers before we call, and he hears before we finish speaking. What a tremendous comfort as we face life’s challenges, discomforts, and fears. Since he has risen, we are heard, and our calls are answered. Think of the times in your life when you have been afraid or lost or alone and reached out for God’s peace and comfort. Isaiah’s passage assures us that He hears and He answers before we even ask. He is risen and is present for each of us – Thanks be to God.