That’s the message of Eastertide. How can we take that message to the streets of our community? What might I say? What needs to be said in order that the Easter message – the Resurrection story might transform someone into an Easter person? As I ponder the Eastertide lessons and grapple with this question, I am struck by the fact that Jesus often just appears. Suddenly he is standing there — in the locked room, on the road, on the shore. In the resurrection accounts Jesus suddenly just shows up, uninvited. We get the impression he materializes out of thin air. He bids them peace and then offers some proof, his hands and feet or eats a piece of fish as proof that He is the one who was crucified.
That’s the typical scene and it seems like an absolute impossibility. It seems unbelievable. It seems unrealistic. The Scripture often describes the emotional state of the disciples in realistic terms. It says, “They did not believe it because of joy and amazement.” It is not a lack of faith… it is an overwhelming sense of joy and bewilderment! In other words it is just too good to be true.
What amazes you about the resurrection of Jesus? What impossible aspects of the resurrection of Jesus Christ fills you with joy? What parts of it are just too good to be true?
There’s a story of a man named Luigi Tarisio who, was found dead one morning with hardly any creature comforts in his home, except the presence of 246 exquisite violins. He had been collecting them all his life. They were all stored in the attic. The best violins were found in the bottom drawer of an old rickety bureau.The greatest of his collection, a Stradivarius, when it was finally played, had had 147 speechless years. In his very devotion to the violin, he had robbed the world of all that superb and beautiful music.
How many of Christ’s people are like old Tarisio? In our very love of the church we fail to give the glad tidings to the world; in our zeal for the truth we forget to publish it. When shall we all learn that the Good News needs not just to be cherished, but needs to be told? Don’t bury God’s Good News of Easter at the bottom of a rickety old bureau. Let the people hear the great sound of the music: Alleluia! The Lord is Risen!
It is so amazing that the story of the resurrection is now left in our hands. It’s ours to use, to reach out with, to pass on to our children, our neighbors and our friends. Jesus told His followers NOT to confine the Good News to the walls of Jerusalem. That charge still rings true today.
Don’t confine the Good News to the walls of your home. Don’t confine the Good News to the walls of your heart. The resurrection of Jesus is a message to the nations, an amazing, joyful, incredible story that we as Christians know as reality. It’s a simple story. It’s a great story. It is a story of forgiveness, renewal and new life and that’s precisely why we need to talk about it. It is a story for all nations; that’s how far we are to take it.
Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! The Lord is risen indeed. Amen.
With my deepest gratitude for all that you do and all that you are, I am…
Yours in Christ,