READ : Luke 24:1-12
“He is not here, but he has risen.” (v. 5)
Seminarians ask me what is the hardest part of a pastor’s job. My stock answer: Getting people to believe in grace. We say we believe in grace, but we don’t. At least not very much.
There is nothing the disciples have to do to make Easter happen. They don’t have to pray for it, earn it, or deserve it. They don’t even have to believe it. And they don’t believe, at first. They don’t even have to roll the stone away from the door, as the women discovered. God takes care of all the details.
Easter just happens. And we receive it. It is a gift, sheer grace. Grace is the unmerited love of God. Grace is something you can never get, only be given. Grace can’t be achieved, only received. You can’t earn it, deserve it, or bring it about, so stop trying.
If you go to heaven, it won’t be because you’re good but because God is. You don’t have to earn God’s love because you already have God’s love. All you have to do now is respond to God’s love. “Since we are justified by faith,” says Paul, “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand” (Romans 5:1-2).
Thank you, Lord, for your grace.