“Christ is risen!” Familiar words this time of year, but sometimes I wonder if we’ve heard the Easter story so many times that it makes it easier to forget that radical message of resurrection.
As we journeyed through the 40 days of Lent, there is a build-up of tension that finds glorious triumph in the empty tomb on Easter Day. But then what do we do with that? For the disciples, the resurrection provided an incredible twist that made the story come alive.
What would our lives look like if we experienced Easter like the disciples? Who might we be as a community of faith if we responded to the resurrection story as if we believed it continues to happen in our world today?
In these days following Easter and before Pentecost, I invite you to consider these questions. Revisit the Easter story with new eyes reliving the surprise ending and reviving your identity as a child of a risen Lord.
“Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” Say it like you mean it and then live it like you mean it!
This message is an excerpt from an April 2016 Women of the ELCA blog by Jenny Michael. Today we celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord or the Vigil of Easter. The readings are Romans 6:3-11; John 20:1-18. For a complete list of readings for the Easter Vigil, see Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 269.