“Discover the Mystery of Easter.”
By Janet Stobie
As Christians today, we approach Holy week knowing the stories have a happy ending. Jesus’ death wasn’t the last word. We did the worst we could do as human beings. We turned our back on his love. We betrayed him, tortured him, killed him. And still he loves us, forgives us. And still he lives.
Our Christian Easter story is amazing. Great leaders come and go through the centuries. Some of them are remembered for the lives they lived and the lessons they taught. But only Jesus continues to live 2000 years later. There’s no scientific proof of his resurrection. How can we Christians know he lives?
For me, the knowledge “Jesus lives” is so much more than a Bible story I can read. “Jesus lives” is more than the declaration of others telling me. Jesus lives in my heart. With each new leaf and flower, each new born animal and child, with each new life, I feel the wonder of God and I know that life rises from death. I have felt Jesus’ direction and strength within me as I walked through grief, failure and illness. I have thrilled with joy as I have encountered Jesus in others and shared my time and resources.
Yes, Jesus lives. Scientific proof – definitely not. Yet, I will shout, “Hallelujah, Jesus lives!” this coming Sunday because I know he lives in my heart. This is the mystery of the Christian faith. Whether you believe or not, I invite you to join the celebration. Give thanks for God’s love that is for you just as you are, warts and all.
“Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” (John 20: 18)
“Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John20: 26-28)
Actually, take the time to read all of John 20 and 21. Then read the end of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Receive the Easter story into your heart. Blessings Janet