For most people Easter is a distant memory.
The church calendar has us in Easter until May 8 (Ascension Sunday).
We are often too tired to think about Easter once the big meal is over and yet these weeks in worship are spent looking at what the resurrection means to us and how it affects our life. Jesus didn’t simply rise from the dead, he made sure everyone knew he was alive. He taught, ate, let them touch him, and appeared in rooms with locked doors.
There is something different about the risen Christ as opposed to the pre-crucifixion one. His words seem to go deeper, meetings seem to have a greater effect on the disciples, hearts are warmed, and knowledge grows. The disciples are emboldened as well. They are ready when Pentecost comes. They are bold and speak in languages that those around them can understand (though they were not linguists). They are ready to go out and tell the world about the Messiah – God in the flesh who came to show love and be the ultimate sacrifice so our sins would no longer be held against us, but could be forgiven. Jesus as a human could only touch those he came in contact with, but the Holy Spirit can touch us all anywhere and everywhere. We are never alone – for some that is scary for others it is a comfort.
Has this season of Easter readied you to be bold, to share God’s love, to tell the stories of Jesus life, death and resurrection, to go out and help others become disciples of Jesus? I hope so, there is much to do and many people who need relationships with people and with Jesus.
If you don’t know Jesus now might be a good time to find someone or a church that can help you discover this wonderful gift of grace called salvation that is offered to all who truly believe.
2016 Watchword: “The Lord God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” 1 Chronicles 28:20. Amen (may it be so)
April 21, 2016