Making Easter Real

From Rev. Erik Buss, Assistant to the Pastor
April 22, 2019

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter celebration this last weekend. In many ways, it is the most important event in the history of humanity. Because He perfected His humanity, the God of heaven and earth became present with us in a way that was not possible before that. He can touch our spirits and hearts in a direct way in His Divine Humanity.
Easter is all about a new birth, new hope. The joy there comes all of a sudden after a time of sadness, similar to how spring can seem to happen almost overnight when the first warm days arrive.
But if you think about what the disciples experienced, Easter, as important as it was, was just the beginning. They saw the Lord and rejoiced. They found hope and direction. But now they had to get on with their new mission. They had to go “make disciples of all the nations” following the Lord’s command (Matthew 28:19).
After the burst of joy, now they had to make their vision a reality, and that took hard work. The disciples would go on to risk their lives and freedom in proclaiming that the promised Messiah had come. Because of their courage, and willingness to follow through on the joy of Easter, the news of the Lord’s coming spread.
The Lord comes to us with joy, as He did at Easter. He gives us a new insight, a new hope. He rises again in our lives. That is powerful and beautiful. We, then, have to take the journey of making that insight a reality. As with the disciples, it takes courage and grit to bring it into reality.
Imagine if the Lord had come, and nobody knew about it. Some of the benefits of His coming would have still existed, but many of them would have been lost. As we think of the joy of Easter, of the hope that it brings, we can ask what work we are willing to do to make one small part of that hope and promise more real in our lives.

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