“We are to be Easter people every day. Hallelujah! He is Risen!”
Maybe you’ve had the recent opportunity to see the new movie “Risen” at the theater?
It was fairly accurate according to Scripture in its portrayal of the events both leading up to Jesus’ death, resurrection and the days following. The sun was rising, the air was chilly, and Jesus’ body wasn’t there when the women went to the tomb a few days after Jesus’ crucifixion. It was here the women learned that things would be forever different. They were frightened by the angel’s presence and the words:
“I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead. Just as He said would happen. (For these events had to fulfill the Scripture’s prophecy.) Come, see where His body was lying.” Matthew 28:5-6.
Darkness was changed to light and death had changed to life. God knows that none of us has ever faced a crisis deeper than death. The reality of Jesus’ resurrection brings new hope to all of us. In His life we will live forever and are raised from our own deadness!
The fact the “Word,” Jesus Christ, became a man is the wonder of wonders expressed simply in John 1 as “The Word became flesh.” Jesus had a human body just like you and I. The extraordinary embraced the ordinary and produced a living person, fully God and fully human. The Holy Spirit extraordinarily impregnated an egg within the ordinary body of a woman. This is for sure a mystery too profound for us to understand, but the written scriptural accounts clearly say it’s true. And the “Word” made “His dwelling among us.” Jesus lived, breathed, ate, drank, slept, worked, laughed, cried, and spoke among us. He was real to the eye, real to the touch and real to the ear. He was here – in human flesh – living with men and women and children.
Maybe you’ve wished Jesus lived in your neighborhood? Wouldn’t it be great to ask Him for His help in learning what the Heavenly Father is really like, or maybe his advice in building a desk for your son or a doll crib for your daughter? How about some real intervention when your marriage is going south? Fact is, as His children we do have the privilege of “fleshing out” Jesus to others who also would like to have Him as a neighbor. As Christians we have received the written Word into our hearts as spiritual seed, miraculously affecting our whole person so that the very life of Jesus is produced in us, too. We each live next door to someone who could knock on our door and say “Will you please show me what God the Father is like?” And we show them because we have become like Him as we have studied, worshiped and obeyed Him. When someone asks if we can help them, we can lend a helping hand because we have given our bodies over to be used in service to others. When a friend says “Please help me with a broken relationship,” we can give loving advice because we have studied the Word.
As Jesus became flesh and lived among us, are we willing to become Jesus in the flesh to our neighbors? After all, He reached down to us and conquered our ultimate fear. Death and defeat have been swallowed up in sweet victory! Because He lives, so can we! So how do we accomplish these things? In Acts, Chapter 1, Peter responds to this same
question by the apostles and others who were “cut to the heart” by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in their native languages at Pentecost:
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off –for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
It’s time to be Easter People every day! Love God and Love others enough to share the living breathing Jesus with them.