After his suffering Jesus presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:1)
A pastor friend of mine recently blogged about one of his childhood mentors who helped him once when he was struggling with the idea of resurrection:
He asked, “How did we get from the upper room to Westminster Abbey? How did we get from the disciples singing a simple fisherman’s lullaby to Handel’s Messiah? How did we get from this rag-tag community of simple folks who lived on the margins of the world to the World Council of Churches?” His mentor also brought up the point that many of our modern schools and hospitals were born out of this movement of people who would believe and follow after the risen Christ. Today, hungry people are fed, sick people are cared for, broken people are being made whole. “From that moment on,” my friend says, “I saw resurrection everywhere.”
Sometimes all it takes is the right word or phrase, the right perspective, or the right experience at the right time to change our way of thinking on something, like resurrection, that often baffles and befuddles us. It helped my friend realize that resurrection is everywhere, God’s redemptive love at large in the world. May you see resurrection all around you, living in you, and lifting this world up in love. Happy Easter!
Published on 04/02/2018 @ 7:00 PM CDT