“Love Is Stronger Than Death”
This phrase is written on a memorial marker at Christchurch Cathedral in Oxford. I wasn’t able to write much over the Easter season due to travel and adventures. For me, it was a time of living stories rather than writing about them. It’s never too late to ponder on the greatest sacrifice of all time. Jesus’ death and resurrection… it’s a timeless love story.
I’ve visited quite a few of England’s gorgeous cathedrals, chapels, and abbeys since we moved here. I’ve walked over, around and beside the grave and memorial markers of those who have passed on; some as many as a thousand years ago. While their bodies have long returned to dust, the markers remain. Many dawn words which are so faint from the footsteps of the living making them nearly illegible. Some mark notables from our history books while some are more ordinary folk who may have paid a nice sum to secure their prominent burial place. Some are in walls and some are encased in shrines of gold and marble fit for literal kings and queens.
I’ve visited the humble, flower-laden graves of more modern figures such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. I’ve walked around the grave of Charles Darwin who, oddly enough, is buried in Westminster Abbey. I still can’t figure that one out.
The deaths of these notables are marked by stone, brass or copper. Some graves are ornate and some simple but we can be confident that they died and that they remain dead. The records prove this.
The grave couldn’t hold Him. Death couldn’t keep Him. He loved perfectly and completely. There is no marker for His remains in any cathedral, abbey or gravesite.
There are no records, no gravestones, no copper, marble, gold or even flowers to mark where Jesus’ earthly body is stored. No one walks over, around or beside his remains. There are no inscriptions dawning birth and death dates to be worn down by the footsteps of the living.
Although Jesus didn’t reign as an earthly king, the stories written about him for these 2000 years would indicate that he was notable enough to secure a prominent grave if he needed one. If he was indeed dead, it is highly likely that we would know where His body lay.
He is not dead. He has risen just as He said. In fact, His tomb was borrowed because He wouldn’t be needing it for long.
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 and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7 NIV
Jesus’ love is stronger than death. (click to tweet this)
My sister and I were together on Easter Sunday. Throughout the day, she mentioned several times how much this song meant to her. I even caught a few phrases from the song leak out from her heart through her mouth. I’m not even sure she realized she was singing it out loud. It struck me, though, that a song so powerful that takes up residence in your heart simply has to come out. It had to be sung. It is a song I had not thought of in a while but it’s a classic worth sharing here.