So Easter was last Sunday…hope that is not a news flash for you. It is the “special” day on the calendar when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Interesting piece of trivia about the 27 manuscripts that we call the New Testament.
1.) All four Gospels tell the story of people who encounter the resurrected Jesus
2) Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell the story of Jesus raising the daughter of a synagogue leader (Jairus) from death
3) John tells the story of Jesus raising his dear friend, Lazarus after he had been dead for 4 days
And that is it. The writers tell us of three people who were resurrected from the dead – not a lot about such an important topic and promise, wouldn’t you say?
We worship together on Sunday because by tradition, it is the day that Jesus was raised from the dead. So, instead of proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus one day a year, we technically proclaim it 52 Sundays a year just based upon the day we gather for worship.
In the Gospel of John the writer shares with us the conversation between Jesus and Martha were he tells her “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” Jesus shares a dualistic message with Martha – you can have a new life now and at the final resurrection, you can receive the inheritance of eternal life.
The Apostle Paul also picks up on this theme in his letters to communities of faith and leaders. He delves into his image of the resurrected body that is every believer’s hope. He talks about when the resurrection will transpire and he discusses grieving with hope since the resurrection has not transpired yet.
So why don’t we talk more about resurrection? From a scientific, rational world perspective our knowledge of dead people is this – they stay dead. So maybe there is enough skepticism or doubt about the validity of the story these ancient writers share that we don’t completely trust the account. And because we don’t trust the account of what was reported to have happened, we don’t have complete confidence in what is still supposed to happen. (Does that make sense?)
And yet this is the essential of the gospel – to believe in Jesus Christ is to not only experience a transformed life here and now, it is to have hope in the promises of God that we will one day experience the resurrection!
Guess what (spoiler alert) two out of the three people who were resurrected…they went on to die a second time! Lazarus and Jairus’ daughter succumbed to death a second time.
We will all come to the end of our time line. That is simply the fact of the matter for every person – no exceptions! As a colleague of mine frequently says “If you think you are going to make it out of this alive, you are kidding only yourself!” If you are born into this world, you will die.
Now, how do you want to live?
I am in love with the hope and promise of God proclaimed by the Son, Jesus the Christ. “I am the resurrection and the life!” That my life can daily proclaim the effects of Jesus’ resurrection that is transforming me. And that I have a hope that will extend beyond the grave – my resurrection into God’s coming and glorious kingdom that will be here, on His new earth.
As a life objective to be fulfilled – a lot more enticing for me than anything this world has to offer! How about you?
So go out today and proclaim the resurrection, oh and do the same tomorrow and the next day! Don’t wait for just Easter or for one day of the week to roll around. The resurrection is an everyday story filled with hope, joy, love, forgiveness, and promise! So share the story every day…the result is new life now!
Blessings for the journey.