Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Easter days are behind us, how did you spend the last weekend? Often, Christians have particular celebrations of the Easter day. Some meet early in the morning, to see the sunrise. The new light is like an image of much more important and deeper events, the resurrection of Jesus about 2000 years ago. What did YOU do?
Something completely new! …
Let us look at one of the resurrection accounts, as written in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 24. It happened at early dawn, we hear the following:
1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Lukas 24, 1ff)
Why do you seek the living among the dead? So often we think of faith as a dead story. So often we think that life is to be found in more active things, … and each and everyone of us has his or her own ideas of what that is to him. But we could not be less on the right track. Life comes from God, from the creator. And it is with God, with the creator. He gave it to Jesus, new life, a different life, eternal life! Let us think more about this …
It is interesting to think about the resurrection. I believe it is true. I think that something special happened that day, on the third day after the crucifiction of Jesus. I believe that God did something new, something special.
Yet, what is my belief worth? What does it mean? Is it just a thought: yes, it happened? Or is it more? A faith which is merely a thought about what might have been, is it more worth than the thought, that it might not have been? It is only worth something if it has meaning and if it changes my life!
And that is what faith in Jesus is about. It is not a thought that something might be fact. It is a transforming power. He is alife, and he wants to be in my life as well. He wants to be there as a changing force, changing my mind, my feelings, my actions, my words, everything. That is what faith is about: Gods presence in my life, his changing presence!
It is good to think about it. If my faith is merely some thought about what might be reality, it is nothing. But if it is a driving force to be full of truth, full of love, full of wisdom, full of perspective and hope and future, then it is something. If it links me to the beginning and the end, to the eternal God, then I have found. (Roland Potthast) ... further texts