Jesus was resurrected. Jesus is alive and well.
i still wish we could hang out. catch a movie, eat ham, go to teavana and talk. not prayer talk, but Jesus will sit on one side of the table and i’ll sit on the other. and to passerbyers, it won’t look like i’m talking to myself. such is the post-human Jesus christian life, i suppose.
i just wanted to wish you a happy easter. and by you, i mean the me that will look back on this post in four years and laugh a little.
with wishing you/me a happy easter, i wanted to share three of my favorite easter passages. i think i like these three particularly because i’m somewhat envious of the encounters Mary, Thomas and Peter had with Jesus. through Mary’s desparation, Thomas’ doubt and Peter’s vulnerability, i’m reminded these people were not characters in a book. they were humans with faults like me that just so happened to live in an exceptional time in history, and were lucky enough to have a chance to get to know the human version of our Father.
a) John 20:14-16 — At this, she (Mary Magdalene) turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).
b) John 20:27-28 — Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
c) John 21:15-17 — When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
he is risen, indeed.