In yesterday’s reading of the resurrection appearance of Jesus to Doubting Thomas, we see Thomas begging for evidence that this Jesus really was alive. Thomas is moved to believe by a compassionate and risen Lord. From silence to speech, from doubt to belief, all sorts of change are possible now that Jesus has moved from death to life.
One of the convictions of Jesus’ Gospel is that eternal life begins now. That is, today! Now that Jesus has been resurrected, we are also being resurrected. Listen, if only Jesus was resurrected, that’s bully for him! What about us? He transformed Easter into the hope that we are not left behind. As I said on Sunday, think of Easter as a verb and not a noun. Easter is action. It continues to happen all the time and not just in Galilee years ago. We get into Easter so that Easter gets into us.
When Jesus came forth from the tomb on Easter, a whole new world was made available to us. Newness let loose. Even as Jesus rose from death to life, so can we. We can be reborn. It’s nice to know that we can die more than once! And that we can live more than once, too. In life, in death, in life beyond death, this is our hope. Our faith rests upon an experience, upon countless experiences, of Christ’s presence. The risen Christ came back to us! He showed up…again and again and again.
As I said from the pulpit yesterday, the story of Doubting Thomas is our story as well. It is a story not only of doubt, but a story of the way the risen Christ ministers to doubt. Jesus gave death the slip and slips into our lives. This, then, is our only hope…that Jesus will continue to overcome our fears and cowardice, and kick open the locked doors of our souls, and make every dull day of our lives an Easter.