Thursday, April 05, 2018
But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’
The calendar says ‘April,’ but spring is hard to find. The morning temperature is 26, snowflakes float aimlessly in a bitter breeze and the space heater at my feet drones on.
But look closer.
A cardinal perched outside my window calls for his mate. Crocuses push through crusty soil. Buds by the millions appear high on trees alive bird song.
Nature signals its resurrection. The time is near. No, not near. For us, the time has come.
We live in the time of resurrection. Jesus has come from his tomb. Death has no more hold on him. Easter shows us what God has wanted ... and been doing ... all along. God gives life to dead matter and raises it each time it falls. The truth of resurrection is written in the very fabric of nature.
In Jesus, we see death is powerless to stop the God who gives life, the God who is life. So go see! Go to Galilee, that is, to the common places in your life.
The risen, life-giving love of Christ lives there. You will see him.
Pr. David L. Miller