Pastor Todd Lotridge asked his congregation in his sermon the week after Easter Sunday, “What is the work of Easter?” He talked about how, as followers of Jesus’ teachings, we are called today to be Christ in the world, to shine the light of Christ wherever there is darkness.
How do we do that?
The dictionary defines resurrection as not only “rising from the dead” but also “a rising again, as from decay, disuse, etc.”; “revival”; and “a rising above mortality through the understanding of spiritual life as demonstrated by Jesus Christ.”
God is continuously calling us to reject the world’s material view — death, destruction and despair — to wake up to God’s spiritual reality. In Divine reality, whatever the circumstances, God’s Infinite Allness offers healing to every human challenge.
Living out the resurrection.
Even though Jesus appeared outside his tomb three days after his crucifixion not only to women, but also to two travelers on the road to Emmaus, to the disciples several times, to a group of 500, and so on (see Luke 24:1–32, John 20:19–25, John 21:1–23, I Corinthians 15:6, etc.), some people had doubts. They chose not to trust even those who told of how they had seen Jesus with their own eyes, or touched the nail prints in his hands. The doubters had lost hope — Jesus was just another failed messiah.
But those who believed held onto and communicated Jesus’ resurrection message of hope and healing wherever they went, even in the face of disbelief and persecution. And against all odds, many centuries later, we continue to be called by God — Good Itself, Love Itself, Truth Itself, Life Itself — to share that loving message today.
What will you choose?
Speaking of Jesus’ mission, spiritual trailblazer Mary Baker Eddy wrote in her seminal work Science and Health that he “did life’s work aright” for mankind, “to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility.” (p. 18) Our daily task as Jesus-followers is to live out the resurrection — our daily awakening from death to life — from a limited material view to an expansive spiritual perspective.