The resurrection of Jesus Christ. That historical event that has brings out chocolate bunnies, colored eggs and marshmallow peeps. I like chocolate and even put out the wonderfully painted eggs and decorations we acquired during our years living in Europe, but it’s is rather jolting to put those things in the same sentence: Jesus’ resurrection along side sugared treats and brightly painted eggs.
He is Risen! He said He would Rise
Yet, as I put these symbols out each year, I remember they point to the new life that is truly made possible by the fact, the truth, that a Man, Jesus was not just resuscitated, but resurrected from the dead. Those Words spoken by the angels in scripture: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, He is Risen!, as He said He would”, are the culmination of history’s path. Even St. Paul stated that “if Christ be not Risen…then we are of all men most miserable”.
Wow. That puts the truth of this season of celebrating Christ’s resurrection right in the middle of everything. Everything. I hope this truth is at the center of your life, your daily activities and choices. I know it is mine. This historical fact, this truth is the foundation for all I do. From foundation raising house renovation to the joy of flight to family relationships, it would be without substance and hope but for Jesus.
I invite you to join me in proclaiming: He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
What are the ways you celebrate this time of year? Please comment below.