I want to begin this short letter by asking you all a question. How do you live resurrection?
As I sit and think about how I would answer this question, I look outside and see the snow falling. I begin thinking about spring and if it will ever happen. Yes, I know it will, but…when?
As I was sitting last night, I heard a motorcycle speed past my window. I began wondering if it was now time to fire up the motorcycle, then I wake the next morning to see the snow falling.
As I prepare the Easter season, my mind begins to wander even more. As I research the Gospels and read each resurrection story, I begin thinking about how each group of followers found a way to make resurrection relevant in their communities.
You see, the writers of the Gospels could have documented the resurrection and never deviated from the original text of Mark; but, like all of us, we find a way to adapt the teaching of Christ to our own personal life. The writers found a willingness to change and a willingness to adapt a resurrection story to meet the needs and circumstances of their community. This shows me that if they were willing to set this example for us, to find a way to proclaim the truth and meaning of Christ, why can’t we do the same?
I understand that each person has probably had some influence in their lives that can take away from a resurrected Christ or know someone who has, but we are called to show people the power of resurrection, the power of new life, the power of being born anew, in Christ. We need to find our own way of telling people the power of resurrection.
Matthew 28.8 tells us this, “With great fear and excitement, they (the women) hurried away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples.”
Do you live a life in fear of speaking or showing a resurrected Christ?
Do you get excited when speaking or showing a resurrected Christ?
I am here to tell you that we should not be afraid of a resurrected Christ. What we should learn from the resurrection is this: that everything will be okay, but here is the life and work that God is giving you.
The resurrection is there to give you more confidence, to help each one of us meet the challenges that a placed before us. The resurrected Christ is the invitation to show others the power of Jesus and to see the possibilities in people and in the situations that surround us.
Let God encourage you this Easter season, live and speak of the resurrection. Don’t be afraid, because God is guiding you in all you do. It is God’s love that shows each one of us that the resurrection is not done, and God is constantly leading us into a new life.