The Season of EASTER – living the Resurrection
The SEASON of EASTER
Easter is celebrated the world over for the life that Jesus brings to us all. It goes without saying that the theme for Easter Sunday is the resurrection of Christ. But, more than just a historical event that happened to Jesus years ago, the readings make it clear that the resurrection is also something that happens for us today. The Old Testament reading speaks of restoration and new life that can be experienced by those who have been broken. In Acts Peter reminds the gathering in Cornelius’ house of Christ’s resurrection as part of his call for them to believe.
So, even as we walk with the women and the disciples through the resurrection story, we are called to remember that, as we receive Christ, it becomes our story too.
The very first Easter was not in a crowded worship space with singing and praising.
On the very first Easter, the disciples were locked in their house. It was dangerous for them to come out. They were afraid. They wanted to believe the good news they heard from the women – that Jesus had risen – but it seemed too good to be true.
They were living in a time of such despair and such fear. If they left their homes, their lives and the lives of their loved ones might be at risk. Could a miracle really have happened? Could life really have won over death? Could this time of terror and fear really be coming to an end? Alone in their homes they dared to believe that hope was possible and that the long night was over and morning had broken. They believed that God’s love was the most powerful of all, even though it didn’t seem quite real yet.
Eventually they were able to leave their homes when the fear and danger had subsided. They went around celebrating and spreading the good news that Jesus had risen and that love was the most powerful force on the earth.
This year, we can experience a taste of what that first Easter was like, still in our homes daring to believe that hope is on the horizon. Then, after awhile, when it is safe for all people, when it is the most loving choice, we will come out. We will gather together, singing and shouting the good news that God brings life even out of death, and that love always has the final say!
This year we might get the closest taste we have had yet to what the first Easter was like. So let us reimagine Easter Season!
In Peace and Love,