Easter is Everywhere

The Herald-News
March 27, 2013

“I am the resurrection and the life;
he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.”
Jesus Christ

Easter is everywhere.

I’ll let you in on a secret: as a pastor I had a short list of people I loved to visit. Eleanor was one of them. Widows like her have a special place in Scripture and with God. She went into the presence of God last week with the promise of a new resurrection body soon. Easter is everywhere.

Last night a special friend texted to tell me her grandmother’s illness had ended and she had passed away. It was an honor for her to want me to know. Easter is everywhere.

Another dear friend announced a few days ago she has a relative who is running out of earthly options with their illness, and is pursuing experimental medical treatment in another state. Easter is everywhere.

Daily, the miracle of media brings images of unexpected tragedies. Easter is everywhere.

The raising of Lazarus from the dead will probably be retold in many pulpits this Easter Sunday. The promise of resurrection life is well-known in the narrative (quoted above). In context Jesus says a startling thing when confronted by His disciples: “…and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there [to heal Lazarus], so that you may believe.” Glad? Believe what? In Jesus and resurrection. What a piercing consolation when loved ones who know Christ are suffering or die. Easter is everywhere.

The “gospel” is “the power of God for salvation,” and is designated “of first importance” by the Apostle Paul. It has two essential realities there in 1 Corinthians 15: Christ died for our sins and He rose from the dead on the third day. His cross-death is proven by His burial; His resurrection by His appearances. We talk a ton about the cross—and should. Yet the resurrection is of first importance, too. Easter is everywhere.

Scripture outlines thirteen historical post-resurrection appearances before hundreds of people. Easter is everywhere.

And last, one more appearance. A lifelong friend in Oregon has an adult son with serious cancer. Jay is quite the humorist and calls his tumor “Sloth.” Sloth may return. Jay blogs, “And, let me say again, this news does nothing to change the important realities in my life that I hold dear and know to be true. That Christ is real, that Christ IS ALIVE, that Christ will prevail. I smile as I write that.”

Easter is everywhere. Will we believe—and smile?

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