Alleluia Christ is risen!
We have finally reached the end of our journey which began on Ash Wednesday; our journey to the cross and finally ending in the empty tomb. We have completed our penitential walk; many of us have given something up for lent and have now broken our fast. We have sung all the hymns, found all the eggs, eaten far too much candy, celebrated with loved ones and shouted out the familiar refrain “He is risen indeed”. So what now? With all the focus and emphasis leading up to Easter it can be easy to take a deep breath and relax, the big day has passed anyway, and as a result many of us can pass into something of a spiritual coma, at least until Pentecost or Trinity Sunday perhaps.
While it may be easy to become complacent and turn the spiritual auto-pilot back on now that Easter Sunday has passed I would encourage you to consider something else. Just as we use lent to examine ourselves and see our need for a savior, let us use this Easter season as a time to look on our lives as saved followers of Christ and how we can live that reality in the world. After all Jesus did not rise from the dead and begin to relax with the disciples. Not at all, instead it is with the resurrection of Jesus that the real work for the disciples just begins. Now that the disciples have been saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus, it is time to go out into the whole world and live out that reality, to spread the good news and do truly begin to live as a child of God.
So this Easter season I challenge you to consider your life as a child of God, purchased and won by the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, consider what that means and go out into the world and live that reality. Live in the world like Jesus has in fact risen from the dead; live in the world as a child of God.
Come soon Lord Jesus.
Written By: Vicar Jacob Berlinski
Posted on Tue, April 18, 2017
by Stacy Yates