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"Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it."
1 Corinthians 12:27
The month of April reminds us that Easter is more than just one day. Easter is an "every Sunday"
celebration. Every Sunday we come together to acknowledge that our lives have been transformed
because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As it tells us in Ephesians 1:5, "We have been
adopted into the family of God through faith in Jesus Christ." Easter is also an "every day" celebration in
which we live each day trusting in God through Christ, knowing that Jesus is the resurrection and life (John 11:25) for us.
So what do we do now as we go forth from the empty tomb? I believe we can follow the example of the
first witnesses. They went forth from the tomb changed by the resurrection of Jesus. They went forth to bring an "every day" witness of God's power over sin, death, hell and the grave.
So where do we go once we leave the empty tomb? Let us follow the example of Jesus' first disciples.
After Jesus walked through locked doors to appear to the eleven disciples and to show himself to Thomas, seven of the eleven disciples went back to their fishing business (John 21:1-14). They went back to
their positions in life and took the witness of the resurrection with them. They lived in the joy of the resurrection of Jesus while carrying out the daily, ordinary work and responsibilities given to them.
Like the women at the empty tomb and the eleven disciples, we are "every day" witnesses and
participants in the resurrection of Jesus. We believe and are baptized. We have the hope of eternal life.
We have the joy of the resurrection living inside us. Similar to the early believers, we too have positions
in life that God has given us as a gift. Most of us may not fish by the Sea of Galilee, but all of us have one
or more callings we may not think of as a calling. We are called to be fathers, mothers, husbands, wives,
sons, daughters, brother, sister, grandparent, employee, retiree, friend, and neighbor. Each of these
callings comes with a set of duties and responsibilities. By the grace of God, we wrap these daily duties
and responsibilities of our position in life in joy, love, peace, and the forgiveness Christ offers to us.
Now, we go forth from Easter Sunday and the celebration of the empty tomb as God's forgiven children
in Christ. Now we go forth empowered by God's Spirit living and active within us to live in the joy of the
resurrection as "every day" witnesses.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you
may abound in hope.
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