Easter holds wonderful promise! It is the day in which God is convincing us of the resurrection and on that same day is challenging the skeptic that lives in the corner of every one of our hearts.
Death does not have the final word. Easter proclaims that death has lost its power. Life triumphs over death. We no longer have to be quite so afraid. Death loses some of its power and sting.
A father and his seven-year old daughter were riding around in the car. It was a hot summer day, and one of those great big yellow bees flew into their car. The little seven- year old daughter was very much afraid, and so was the father, and so he said: let’s get that bee out of here. But they couldn’t. It went ZZZZZZZZ, scaring them both.
They couldn’t get it out of the car, the bee flying up to the front window and then to the back window, buzzing past their heads. And now the little girl was starting to get hysterical and the father was shouting at her not to be afraid, and about that time, that great big yellow bee lit right here on the father’s neck and stung the father! And now the little girl became absolutely petrified and hysterical and began to cry and cry and cry. The father tried to calm her down and finally said to her: “Honey, you don’t need to be afraid anymore. The bee has lost its sting; its stinger is right here in my neck; the bee has lost its sting.” ….
And Jesus said: O grave where is your victory; o, death where is your sting. On Easter, the sting of death has been removed. The stinger is located in the neck of Jesus of Nazareth. We ride in our cars throughout life, still afraid, still afraid of death, like a little child is still afraid of a stingless bee. The message of Easter is so clear: there is no need to be afraid of death. It looks and sounds ferocious, but it is harmless. It has lost its sting!
Story from Rev. Edward Markquart