Posted by: morgan1965 | March 31, 2018

The Irony Of Easter & April Fool’s Day

Perhaps there is a bit of irony in the reality that Easter 2018 falls on a Sunday, April 1st. The discovery that Jesus had been raised from death to life occurred on the dawning of the Sabbath day. Mary Magdalene and her friend, Mary, went to see the tomb, but Jesus was not there. Jesus had been raised from the dead. It was Resurrection Sunday. At the empty tomb, the women encountered the resurrection power of an on-time God who had acted on the third day.

April 1st, regardless of what day of the week it falls on, is known as April Fool’s

Day, or All Fool’s Day. The day is characterized by people playing practical jokes or spreading hoaxes. If you are the victim of such a prank, you are called an April Fool.

The women, of course, were terrified after encountering the empty tomb. They immediately reported their experience to the remaining disciples. Luke’s gospel provides this report: “But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.” (Luke 24:11)

It was Peter who did not want to be played for a fool, so he got up and ran to the tomb to see for himself.  When he looked into the tomb, “he saw the linen cloths by themselves’ then he went home, amazed at what had happened.” (Luke 24:12b)

The report of Jesus’ resurrection was not a hoax, or some kind of sick joke. It was not an idle tale. It was truth. It was the resurrection story.

I am reminded of the song, “Everybody Plays the Fool.” Consider a portion of the lyrics:

“Okay, so your heart is broken

You sit around mopin’

Cryin’ and cryin’

You say you’re even thinkin’ about dyin’

Well, before you do anything rash, dig this”

“Everybody plays the fool sometime

There’s no exception to the rule…”

A weeping Mary Magdalene stood outside the tomb. When she bent over to peer into the tomb, she saw two angels sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying. She explained to the angels that she was weeping because her Lord had been taken away and she did not know his new location. She turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not recognize him. After a brief, but intense conversation, Mary Magdalene finally recognized Jesus. With joy and hope, she went and announced her encounter with Jesus to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.”

When you accept Jesus as your Risen Lord and Savior, there is an exception to the rule. The disciples and the women were an exception to the rule. Ultimately, they were not fooled, because there was no hoax. They were not “April Fools.”

When we follow Jesus and serve God’s people, it is then that “we are fools for the sake Christ…” (I Corinthians 10a)

Have you seen the Lord?

Think about it!

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