Easter Focus: Case Closed
For the Romans it was a useful lesson to discourage other trouble makers. For the Sanhedrin it was just punishment for a blaspheming pretender. For his disciples it was disillusionment and despair. For his mother it was indescribable pain watching her boy destroyed. It wasn’t supposed to end this way. And of course it didn’t.
He is risen. Love has triumphed over evil. The message has not been muzzled. And the messenger walks among us. It did not all end on the cross. It was only the beginning. He is with us in worship this Easter morning. We are risen with Jesus. And we share his victory over death, through a lifetime of Christian witness and beyond. This is no poetic illusion. It is as real as life gets. Anyone who has returned from a life of darkness will tell you what a blessing it is to live in the light of The Resurrection… to rejoice in it ...to share it.
In “Peter Pan” there is a very effective scene where Tinker Bell is expiring and can only be revived if the children in the audience believe in fairies. The risen Christ is no Tinker Bell. He is and was God before all time. He will reign beyond all time. That reality is not dependent on our belief. We, however, are another matter altogether. In Christ we are saved. Reject him and we are on our own. But even then our case is not closed. God calls us to him constantly, to live in the Resurrection … to choose eternal life over death.
God made us, knows us and loves us in our imperfection. The frailty of our faith is no secret to him. Few of us are living saints. None of us is sinless. The diaries of Mother Theresa reveal her dark night of the soul; surrounded by suffering, questioning God’s love and very existence. Yet she continued on, driven by a will to believe, struggling toward the light. On Easter morning the light of the risen Christ beckons brighter than ever. This is a time to banish our doubts, to burnish our beliefs, to reconnect with baptismal grace and recommit to live in and for Jesus.
Easter is the time we say “yes” to Jesus, to live in our hopes not our fears. No matter how many times we fall, we are a resurrection people. No matter what our condition, Jesus wants us for his own. It was not in the power of the Romans or the Sanhedrin to close the case on Jesus. It is not in the power of the world, the flesh or the devil to close the case on any of us. That power is in our own hands. We can rise with Jesus or choose to sit out the Resurrection. Let’s throw open our tombs. Choose life. Choose love. Choose joy. Choose Christ. Alleluia! He is risen.