It's the end of the world as we know it. It's a funny little saying that we sometimes hear, but it's a feeling I'm sure the disciples felt in the darkness of Jesus crucifixion and death.
Looking around, it may seem as if the world is rapidly spinning toward destruction. Our population is exploding, our oceans and environment are suffering, our food resources are dwindling, our politicians are fighting, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, students are getting lazier, taxes are growing higher, war is getting pricier, fear is looming larger, and Christian voices of resurrection and new life seem to be going silent....
Why? Why are we so silent? It's likely because of many reasons. But, focusing on issues that don't matter or on our own wants and needs, are tendencies that have grown and grown, transforming what was once vibrant and radical into meaningless drivel. Chocolate bunnies, colored eggs, ham, and a couple of verses of “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” now satisfy and fulfill the Easter obligations for many people.
But, Jesus did not rise from the dead and ascend into heaven just so we’d have a reason to take a few days off and eat peeps once a year. The resurrection is one of God’s ways of letting us know that there’s always a better way, a greater way to care, a more satisfying way of loving and living life. It’s not an easy way out, and it’s not to be trivialized.
Jesus empowers all of us with the incredible gifts of forgiveness and creativity. So pray, study, worship, vote, give, volunteer, love, debate, engage, thank, and live . . . into the new creation that you are in Christ, through the power and promise of the resurrection.
With the Greatest of Hope!