West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Saturday, May 28, 2016
This season of the church year is called Eastertide, or the season after Easter. It is the season when we focus on what the Resurrection of Jesus Christ means in our lives. How do we live now that Jesus is risen from the dead and alive in our world and in our hearts? One writer has suggested that our goal is to view the world through Resurrection eyes. What would that mean for us?
I think of the story of Jesus and the disciples on the road to Emmaus. In that story we see so much of our own story after the Resurrection. You will recall that two disciples were walking away from Jerusalem and toward Emmaus on the afternoon of the Resurrection. As they were talking together about what had happened, Jesus joins them, though they didn’t recognize him. They didn’t understand the meaning of what had happened until Jesus explained it all to them. Then, as they shared a simple meal together, their eyes were opened and they recognized who he was.
The disciples in this story have their eyes opened to the Risen Christ and the truth of his message. With their new “Resurrection eyes” they see how the hand of God has been at work in sending Jesus to live, teach, die and rise again. More than that, they feel compelled to tell others about it. They turn around and go back to Jerusalem with their new understanding of Jesus Christ.
Our faith in the Resurrection makes you and me see the world differently, too. The Resurrection is a message of hope, of God’s ultimate victory over sin and death. The troubles of this world are not the last word; your troubles and the challenges in your life are not the last word. But through Resurrection eyes we can see God’s last word, which is that we are God’s children through our faith in Jesus Christ. That is the message we are called to share with the world. It is my hope and prayer that we can all see that very clearly as we live during this Eastertide.