Wednesday Word: Resurrection
Our faith is built on the Resurrection of Christ. We affirm, in one way or another, that, “Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.”
With the resurrection of Christ, things that were old are being made new. With the resurrection of Christ, hell has been vanquished. With the resurrection of Christ, life is changed, not ended.
It's not a coincidence that the Day of Resurrection happens in the spring. Trees that once seemed to be nothing but a ragged collection of dead limbs bud to life. Dead and dormant grasses begin growing again. Hibernating animals that had been in a state of suspended animation return to life.
Resurrection is all around us if only we are willing to open our eyes to witness it.
But the resurrection we celebrate is more than plants and animals returning to life after a long, dormant winter. The resurrection we celebrate is victory over death. It is a complete change to life as we know it. And the resurrection we celebrate requires more than opening our eyes to witness it. The resurrection we celebrate also requires us to open our mouths and proclaim the Good News.
“Go quickly and tell his disciples . . .” – Matt. 28:7
“But go, tell his disciples and Peter . . .” – Mark 16:7
“And returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and all the rest.” – Luke 24:9
“But go to my brothers and say to them . . .” – John 20:17
News of the resurrection is not to be kept to ourselves. On this first week of Easter, when our own resurrection experience is still fresh in our minds, whom will we tell?
Alleluia! Christ is risen!