by Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 4/10/14
We are on the edge of Easter. It is just around the corner, brimming with opportunities for worship and family events. The season is full of life. As I think about it, maybe Easter is always just around the corner, something that we get close to experiencing, but never fully embody. Easter is more than just a high and holy day that happens once a year; Easter is a way of seeing the world that is both elusive and immediate. It makes me wonder if Easter is both easy to enjoy and easy to miss.
On the one hand, the resurrection is something that happened. We look back at it as a past event, a first century occurrence. We distance the resurrection from our experience when we talk about it in the past tense. It happened so long ago, how can that change my life today? On the other hand we speak of the resurrection to come. This future focus further distances us from the resurrection. It is the promise of life after death. If the past is, in a sense, lost to us, and the future, as yet, unfound, then it makes you wonder about the ways we can experience the resurrection even now.
In his book, True Resurrection, H. A. Williams reflection on our experience of this primary Christian doctrine.
“Resurrection, at least in Western Christendom, has always been described as belonging to another time and place…The resurrection is naturally assumed to be a discussion either about what can be held to have happened in the environs of Jerusalem and Galilee on the third day after Jesus was crucified or about what can be held in store for us after our own death. When therefore resurrection is considered in terms of past and future, it is robbed of its impact on the present. That is why for most of the time resurrection means little to us [day to day.]”
When you celebrate Easter this year, don’t miss the opportunity to wonder about the ever present power of God to bring life from death. Don’t miss the mystery that is the resurrection. Enter into the wholeness of Holy Week by participating in the story. Be present on Palm Sunday as we shout, “Hosanna!” Come on Wednesday as we walk toward the cross. Join your fellow disciples around the table of our Lord on Maundy Thursday. Sit in the shadow of the cross on Good Friday. Arrive for sunrise and find your fellow disciples waiting and watching for the risen Lord. Gather on Easter to proclaim, “He is Risen!”
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