He is not here; He is risen!

This year was a very special Easter preparation for me. I think Easter is my favorite holyday. The weather is usually sunny and the flowers are making their first appearances and the world is coming alive. And for those who follow the religious cycle: a man who was horribly treated by his countrymen, dragged through a number of illegal trials, beaten by the judge who declared him innocent, and crucified for curing the sick, comforting the sorrowful, instructing the ignorant etc. Well, you get the idea. Anyway, the story doesn’t end there. I read a saying the other day. “All men are created equal; all women are created superior.” And while the male followers are hiding in a locked room, the women closest to Jesus know they have to go and make sure his body is ready for burial.
Well, in all the Gospel stories the women see the risen Jesus and return to the men to tell them and the men do not believe.
Only after Jesus comes into the locked room where they are hiding do they realize what has happened.
I always feel empowered by these brave women. I look to their bravery and willingness to step in and do the bidding of the one who has returned to life.
In this world that is beginning to come to life after the dead of winter I look to my life and see how I can bring the wonderful news to my loved ones that death is not the end. Just as Adam and Eve brought death into the world through their disobeience Jesus brought the reurrection to us by his obedience to God in giving up his life so that death is not the end but rather a new beginning. So I can celebrate with the world this time of growth and renewal.

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