God has been talked about endlessly over the centuries so it is no wonder that people have grown weary of the endless amount of verbiage, explaining God to death. All this has done is push God farther and farther out of the immediacy of life and made God remote, a distant abstraction.
Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! This is the proclamation heard all over the world today. In reflecting on the Resurrection again this year what strikes me is that the New Testament does not try to argue a case for the Resurrection. They do not talk about God. The New Testament writers proclaim the Resurrection. They tell the story.
Jesus did not leave His followers with a nicely worked out philosophical system or a collection of wisdom sayings by which we should pattern our lives. He has given them Himself, His very life. For it was not a philosophy of living that transformed the huddled, defeated disciples into a force that overturned the world. The only explanation is that Christ, in the power of God’s Spirit, transformed their fear into a living faith. There is not one word in the New Testament memorializing a dead Jesus. Every line assumes, and with some joy too, that He lives.
Today Christians gathered again to celebrate the life of God among us. Our traditions, races and backgrounds express the vast array of human experience. What we all have in common is a living Lord whose presence is as real as life itself – because He IS life itself.
CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN, INDEED!