Tombs and teapots

I love the moment in the game of hide and seek when my son is clearly visible but I’ll pretend not to see him; like the time he sat on the kitchen floor with a tea towel on his head. In order to prolong the game I’ll usually pretend to check highly improbable hiding places; “the microwave…. no, not there”, “in the teapot… no, He is not here.”

It struck me today as I read through the story of the first Easter again, that there are definitely some parallels:

“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.”
Matthew 28:5-6

For all intents and purposes, in this admittedly more sombre game of hide and seek, the tomb was the right place to look for Jesus;

1. He was dead. A spear in the side had confirmed that.
2. It was definitely Jesus that died. His mother among other close friends were present at the crucifixion to identify him.
3. It was the right tomb. The one with all the Roman soldiers outside is pretty hard to miss.

Yet from the angels perspective the tomb must have felt like a teapot when he told the two Mary’s; “He is not here“, which I’m convinced was said in a similar jovial tone to my: “No… He is not here” when I search the microwave and the teapot for my son.” You see from the angels perspective;

1. Jesus had risen. The tomb was empty.
2. Jesus had said this was going to happen. More than a few times.
3. Death didn’t stand a chance. At all.

So where was Jesus?

“So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said.” Matthew 28:8-9.

Right in front of them. Right in front of us.

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