7 things you didn't know about Easter (1/7): Angels can dunk.
Be honest, there's nothing suspenseful about Easter for you.
You've seen the flannel graph. You've seen the movie. You know the whole story. Or do you? Over the next 7 days we'll be looking at 7 incredible yet unfamiliar stories surrounding the resurrection of Jesus.
First to bat is...
The Angel who dunked.
I'm not sure how they decided what angel got to deliver the greatest news in the history of the world. Maybe they cast lots. Maybe it was a divine game of rock, paper, scissors.
Or maybe God just did "Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe". I don't know.
All I know is whoever that angel was, he must have been so jacked up. And I can't even imagine how long he practiced those lines...
"He is not here. He is risen"
Wow. All of eternity has been waiting for this one moment and finally it was here.
Here's the backdrop if you're not familiar with the story.
It was dawn of the first day of the week. The Mary's were on their way to visit the tomb of Jesus when an earthquake hits.
No it was not a natural disaster. Just an angel making his entrance. Sounds a little dramatic but hey, dude has been waiting to drop this news for a long time. Plus It's the coolest gig he'll ever land so yea, go ahead buddy, have an earthquake.
"There was a violent earthquake for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothes were white as snow" (Matthew 28:2-3)
Wow. You know what cracks me up (in an awesome way) about that verse? It's not that the angel looked like lightning (can you even imagine that?) or the fact that his clothes were white as snow (so lightning clothed in snow? what?!?!).
What cracks me up is that after the angel rolled away the stone from the tomb, the bible says "he sat on it".
Ha ha. How awesome is that? The angel sat on the tomb. HE SAT ON THE TOMB. LOL.
You know what I think of when I read that? When basketball players dunk the ball on someone then hang on the rim for a few seconds just to let the awesomeness of what just happened sink in.
That's what I think of.
The angel sat on the tomb. It was like a spiritual dunk. He rolled the stone then sat.
As if to say, hey, Mary, soak it in. The tomb is empty. The stone has been rolled away and it will never be rolled back. It will never be undone. EVER. EVER.
The tomb is empty. Death has been defeated forever. Jesus reigns.
"The angel said to the women, "do not be afraid for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here. He has risen just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: He has risen from the dead..." (Matthew 28:5-7)
Happy Easter my friends.
He is risen.
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