Easter, like Christmas, isn’t just one day; the one day launches a whole season. So that’s where we find ourselves today… in the season of Eastertide. Easter, like Christmas, is a day to love: fragrant flowers, majestic music, timeless truth! But now what? In what ways do we live differently because our Lord lives eternally?
Last Sunday in worship we heard again the too-familiar story of “doubting Thomas” from John 20. The bottom line of that snippet of Scripture is that Thomas didn’t trust the report of the other disciples. Was he jealous because they had seen him and he had not? Was he skeptical of the news that was too good to be true? We’re not told. Thomas simply refused to jump.
Yes, I know: we speak of a leap of faith, not a jump of trust. It’s Rob Bell’s word for believing and I like it. In his book Velvet Elvis he writes, “A trampoline only works if you take your feet off the firm, stable ground and jump into the air and let the trampoline propel you upward. Talking about trampolines isn’t jumping; it’s talking. Two vastly different things. And so we jump and we invite others to jump with us, to live the way of Jesus and see what happens… I want to invite people to actually live this way so the life Jesus offers gradually becomes their life. It becomes less and less about talking, and more and more about the experience we are actually having.”
For me, that’s the now what? of Easter day which infuses every day! Inhaling Jesus-life; exhaling Jesus-life; breathing by Jesus-life; loving with Jesus-life; trusting Jesus-life. Bell says, “Being a Christian is more about celebrating mystery than conquering it.” Yeah. I can jump to that! How about you?