Those of as Christians just celebrated the most cherished of all days within Christianity, Easter.
Easter of course is the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the guarded and sealed tomb in which he was laid following his death by the Roman choice of public execution; crucifixion on a cross.
What made the resurrection of Jesus so marvelous (apart from being the son of God) was that on His human side, he was such a wonderful man, a knowledgeable and intelligent person; He genuinely cared for both man and God.
Finally after the Pharisees could find no wrong in Him, He was brought before the Sanhedrin court and charged on a technicality of “blasphemy” simply because he told the truth; He is the son of God.
Jesus was ultimately brought before Pilot (the Roman Governor of Judea) but not even he could find any fault with Jesus.
As a result, Jesus ends up being executed in the cruelest, most vile, slow and painful executions imaginable because the Jews chose Barabbas over Jesus to be freed.
Jesus was approximately thirty years of age when He began His ministry and after only three years, He willing gave up His human life and experienced human death; for the redemption and salvation of humanity.
Unlike us however, Jesus also experienced total and complete resurrection.
Although many people have recently come forward with stories about “Life after life” and “Out of the Body experiences”, nobody to this writer’s knowledge has reported a total experience.
Jesus not only experienced it, all of His disciples and many others witnessed it and even wrote about it.
Jesus was resurrected, walked among the people for forty days and ultimately ascended home to be with God the father in heaven.
From birth to ministry to death, resurrection and ascension in just thirty-three short earth years.
For Jesus, it was a short journey home; He wasn’t with us physically very long at all.
The truth is, even though the average human life expectancy has increased by close to forty years since the time of Jesus’s human life, it is still a short journey home.
We are born, we live and our life is over in a flash.
Easter and the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection is not just a celebration of His resurrection; it is also the celebration of everyone who believes in and follows Jesus and their resurrection as well.
Of all the Easter services this writer/Pastor has presided over in nearly thirty years of ministry, Easter has never meant as much to me as it did this year.
You see, my mother who believed in and loved Jesus so dearly saw her short lived journey of life come to an end on March 13, 2013.
Although eighty years old this past December 20, 2012, like Jesus and all of us, her life was still a short journey home.
Regardless if the earth is ten thousand or millions of years old, a human being’s life here is just a speck; that’s probably the reason both Jesus’s ministry and life were so short.
It is unfortunate that Easter does not get the pomp and circumstance that is given to Christmas.
It’s true that we emphasize life and resurrection with eggs, chicks, bunnies, lilies and even some chocolate crosses.
For some of us we even begin our celebration in somber spirit and prayer beginning on Maundy Thursday, then Good Friday Mass or services and followed often by communion services Saturday and Sunday.
But we need to get more excited and the fact that life continues after the grave is something to get excited about.
Let’s treat Easter not just with respect but expectation and desire
As our Lord was raised from death into newness of life, so too shall we be.
We too will be resurrected as well as passing from this life spiritually.
The Bible reminds us that we will see not only our Lord but our friends, and loved ones as well as all who have believed and gone on before us.
The blessing of death is that you can’t die if you have never lived.
The fact that we are alive is evidence that there has never been a time when we were not; we were always in the mind of God.
As a result, there will never be a time when we will not be.
We are essentially eternal beings.
Regardless of how long any of us live, ours is indeed a short journey home.
Do you know where your home is?
© 2013 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III