some things just need to be squashed.
i.e.: the easter bunny or the osterhase.
The incarnation otherwise known as…Christmas where God became man is definitely a great event in our Christian tradition but Easter sunday is what God had in mind to become vulnerable flesh and blood for. He was born to be subjected to everything that works against and violates the nature of God, which is what we call sin and the ultimate result of that is death.
Therefore, Jesus came to die!
But more than that, Jesus had to die and come back.
This is our Christian hope.
On this side of heaven we need hope
but it’s important to recognize what we hope in.
We all long for something greater than our present situation. Especially when things break down in our lives. When things fail us. When even our own bodies work against us.
As I was preparing this Easter message, I was struggling through allergies or a cold, a shoulder muscle pull and other ailments. I feel the effects of my fallen body every morning the moment I force my eyes open. We can try all we want to make this body better or even this life. Some things will still leave us feeling empty. There are things we just can’t solve on our own.
Because Christ has risen from the dead, we too will rise in every sense into a new reality. Our hope will be realized.
You don’t need eyes to have vision.
You don’t need your body to show your strength.
In the Old Testament, ancient men even had this hope and vision of the resurrection of Christ before Jesus had been made known. We’re given the story of a man that was greatly afflicted. He experienced great abundance and deep loss.
But he had this to say –
I know my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth
And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.
I myself will see him with my own eyes, I and not another
How my heart yearns within me.
excerpt from easter message, we are resurrection people, delivered at cccnc