What if the church was empty on Easter?
How sad of a story it would have been had Mary Magdalene and Mary arrived at the tomb only to find Jesus still there. I don't know what kind of impact the Christian faith would have had on the next 2000 years of world history had Jesus remained in the tomb. The silence of the tomb overshadowed by death. But our hope became established on that first Easter morning when death was overcome by life and Christ exited the tomb to bring fullness of joy, life, and peace to the world outside of the cavernous walls. The stone, ordered fixed by Pilate himself, had become the permanent encapsulation of the tomb, across the doorway. It is now and forever rolled away.
My wife was talking about a church in Texas that closes its doors on Easter and takes that life that brought Christ out of the tomb, to their community around them. Think about it. What if.....just what if our churches were empty on Easter, just like the tomb, and if people came a sentry could say
I know you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen and His people have taken Him to the world.
And we, who are to carry the light and the life of Christ to this world are seen practicing a faith through service to our fellow man-being the hands and feet of Christ. Imagine that.....what if we took Jesus outside of the four walls on Easter just like the life of Christ exited the tomb that morning. What if it wasn't about pageantry or celebrating for our own enjoyment....what if the celebration was a sacrifice of love and service to our fellow man?
Imagine if every church was empty this Easter. Imagine the impact.