Thoughts on life in Christian community from Pastor Travis

Christ is risen!  Christ is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!

This all too familiar Easter season greeting is a rather curious phrase that we don’t give much thought about as it radiates from our mouths.  It is a rather strange claim made some 2,000 years ago that Christ IS risen. Yet as followers of Christ we believe that the events of Holy Week are just as relevant for us today as they were for the followers of Christ who found the empty tomb that first Easter morning.  

Christ is risen!  Christ is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!

But there is more to this story than this simple phrase we repeat during the season of Easter.  Christ reveals to and reminds us that God is present and active in the world. The season of Advent reminds us that Jesus is Emmanuel – God with us – and invites us to prepare for Jesus’ arrival.  No longer can we claim that God is far off and separated from us, but instead God meets us where we are and where God created us to be. As the book of Genesis reminds us, God looks at all of God’s creation and says, “It is good.”    

Christ is risen!  Christ is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!

Yet there is even more to this story that often goes unmentioned.  Jesus invites us to look at the world around us with different eyes.  He points to the Kingdom in our midst and encourages us to live as part of that Kingdom.  In his life, death, and resurrection, we are reminded that God’s Kingdom does not look like what we expect, and that invites us to trust God’s provision for us.  

Christ is risen!  Christ is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!

The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus also declare that God’s love for us is revealed in curious and unexpected ways.  Instead of using earthly power, might, and authority to conquer, Christ reveals God’s love through humility and service, fully embracing the brokenness of the world with self-giving love as only God can.  Through his life, death, and resurrection, Christ proclaims to the world that nothing can separate us from God’s love revealed through Him.

Christ is risen!  Christ is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!

Pastor Travis