Happy Easter Sunday! I spent a good portion of my day driving back home from a great time away with Felicity. While I drove, I thought about just posting a quick message, letting you know how tired I was and that I wouldn’t be sharing a blog this week. It was going to be really good – eloquent enough so that you would believe I deserved a break. However, during the drive home, I happened to be listening to a sermon on the two men on the road to Emmaus, and their encounter with the risen Christ, and one thought begat another thought, and so forth, and here we are!
Easter has become a lot like other holidays for many of us. The weeks leading up to the event, we talk about how many days are left, how we are not prepared for ____ (family, the meal, “the perfect gift”), how we can’t believe how quickly time is going, etc. The day of, we find the perfect quote and the perfect picture to post on social media, so that everyone is sure to know that we are indeed celebrating the holiday. Our celebration is a little more jubilant as that perfect quote/picture combo is “liked”, a comment is given, and extra points if it is “shared”. Except for maybe Arbor Day, I can’t think of a holiday where this cycle doesn’t occur. But what happens tomorrow?
The Gospel of Luke (24:13-35) gives us an account of two men traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus (a 7 mile journey). Verse 14 says, they were talking about “everything that had happened”; the triumphal entry, the arrest, the trial, the gruesome crucifixion, the burial, the fugitive disciples hiding, fearful for their very lives, and news…exciting, yet unbelievable news that the women had just gone to the tomb that same morning and couldn’t find the body of Christ. They had plenty to talk about! A man joins them on their walk and asks them what they are talking about. The one original traveler is quite perplexed that this stranger has no idea of all that has taken place. They humor the new companion and share the story, but again they explain that no one has seen the apparent resurrected Christ. “Don’t you ready your own Scriptures? Isn’t that what the prophets said would happen?” the “stranger” questions. When they got home, and the learned companion broke bread at the dinner table, and gave thanks, their eyes were opened – THEY had now seen the risen Christ. Without one more bite of food, the two hurried back the 7 miles to Jerusalem, to share what the other disciples already knew…Jesus IS ALIVE!
I’ve sent a few people that message today – “Christ is Risen!”. It’s the truth – He IS! But will I be just as excited about that tomorrow? Will I be celebrating Christ’s victory over sin and death, in my own life, tomorrow by the way that I speak and live my life? Or is it just about what I post and say today? The difference for those two men on that first Easter Sunday was what started off as a conversation about “everything that had happened” led to an encounter with the risen Christ that opened their eyes and changed their direction – literally and eternally! How about you and me? What difference does Christ’s resurrection make in our own lives?
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 1:1-3