Christians have, since the beginning, found meaning in recalling and even participating in Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem where he was arrested, suffered, died, and, in some mysterious way, resurrected to new life. One of my friends published a book a few years ago that describes just how early Christians in Jerusalem participated in remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus as they annually reenacted the journey of Jesus. The title of the book: Walking Where Jesus Walked. And so we will make that journey again this month as we share the events of Holy Week and walk where Jesus walked. Look for our worship opportunities described in this newsletter.
Perhaps we find such meaning in this annual journeying because we know the power of moving from death to life. And not just in the life and ministry of Jesus, but also in our own lives. We know what it is like to see the transformation of the resurrection take place in our own lives and in the lives of those around us. Easter is not just a day or a season; Easter is, in fact, a way of life that reminds us of God’s transforming power that takes those places of death and darkness and turns them into new life and new possibilities.
Where have we seen the power of resurrection in our lives in in our community?
- Consider the alcoholic who was just recently dead in so many ways because of the power of addiction but who now comes to our campus each week and claims new life in a Higher Power;
- Consider the couple whose marriage was dead but who have found a new path forward partly because of a renewed connection with God and God’s people;
- Consider the high school student who faces bullying and ridicule at school but who has been saved from the deep darkness of depression because he found a home in the church community;
- Consider the college student who dared to finally admit to herself and others something she has known for a long time but was afraid to say out loud: she is a homosexual. And instead of the death of judgment, she finds new life in the support, encouragement, and love in this community.
We walk where Jesus walked this month because we are a people who believe in the power of the resurrection, not just as something that happened to Jesus long ago, but something that breaks into our reality today. And by journeying with Jesus, God gives us eyes to see the power of light over darkness, of life over death, of love over hate, even today. The peace of God be with us all as we journey with Jesus, into the realm of God’s marvelous light and love.