Perhaps, then, the surprise of Easter for the early Christians was not that someone had been brought back from the dead. Rather, the surprise (even shock!) was that resurrection had moved from the future tense to the present tense. Here was Jesus, and here he was this minute! When we read about the appearances of Jesus after the tomb, we can feel the impact of this reality in the confusion of the disciples’ responses to him. Resurrection is what, now?!
The Easter season is not a matter of resolving an intel- lectual problem of Jesus’ return. It’s a matter of his loving us enough to reveal himself to us. It’s not the words of Jesus that we need to get right. It is his liv- ing presence that we need to receive. That’s the major reason we come to church. Christ has come to each of
us. He has risen himself so that he can raise us. We are here on Sunday mornings because Jesus is with us every day of the week. What is the proof of East- er? It is you and me in worship, where Jesus is ministering to our doubts and fears, giving us tangi- ble results. That’s resurrection!
Thanks be to God. Pastor Gary