Easter: Even the Earth Responds with Joy

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake… – Matthew 28:1

On Monday, I asked, “What are you reading? In this season, what articles are giving you insight, concern or hope?”

Do you remember one of our favorite congregational studies – The Truth Project? Deeply and winsomely, Del Tackett draws Christians into developing a deeper and more consistent Christian Worldview. Our fellow reader, linked me to Dr. Tackett’s newest emphasis.

While on the site, I read an article that is worth sharing. Tragedies and trials have the tendency of focusing us downward onto the things of the earth. Easter – and good theology – can reorient us heavenward! Thus, Dr. Tackett points us to the glory of God, saying, “If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then Creation Knew It and Clapped Its Hands!” That’s the title of an article that I’ll summarize here.

Dr. Tackett says, “The earth clapped its hands in joy when its Maker arose. The guards weren’t thrilled, but whole of heaven must have erupted in song. … But there does seem to be something about the creation’s self-generated response to God and to evil.”

  • “The Holy Spirit moves Paul to speak of the creation “waiting in eager expectation” [and] ‘groaning as in the pains of childbirth..’
  • “[At] the parting of the Red Sea[, we hear that] ‘the earth opened its mouth and swallowed.
  • “When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey … the Pharisees were indignant … Jesus responded: ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.

“At [Jesus’] birth, the stars proclaimed His advent. … When Jesus breathed His last breath, the earth buckled with grief. [Yet at his resurrection, we are told that] the earth [again] shivered[. This time] with unspeakable joy, no doubt clapping its hands as if to shout ‘He is risen!’”

Is your view of the God of Creation big enough to see the natural world animated with his presence and power. Easter proclaims that God raised the dead. In other words, He reanimated that which is lifeless. That’s always God the Creator’s habit. Dead things live in his hands.

What corners of your dry and dying heart need reanimated this Easter season … and who in your life are you praying for to be animated or reanimated? If Christ is risen … then tired, fearful, wandering, doubting hearts can be reanimated too.

In Christ’s Love,

a guy who truly sees

the heavens declare

the glory of God!

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