The resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. The one whom they saw taken away, beaten, hung on a cross, exhaling his last breath, buried and put in a tomb is not dead. He lives on. Some people in those days found that hard to believe. People who believed in those days argued about just what it meant to be resurrected. People still do. In the meantime, the people still believe.
No matter how you understand what happened 2,000 years ago, you cannot deny that whatever happened changed our world. For many who believe, it changed their lives. Still does. I believe that Jesus lives on. As a person who has studied theology, science, psychology, history and even calculus (not that I remember any of that or that it’s relevant n this case!), I don’t explain the resurrection using traditional terms. But I don’t think I have to explain it at all. I believe it is sufficient to know that Jesus died a horrible death, after living an extraordinary life, and what was essential in him and to him lives on by a very real sense of his presence. “He lives” is a statement of fact acknowledging that his influence on others, his revelation of God, his challenge to the way we think and his spirit of truth, grace and love is very much alive.
We are a part of that living, breathing witness. We are Jesus’ legacy. We keep alive his life, his influence, his revelation, his challenge, truth, grace, and love. So my question to you is this: what is your legacy?
In the days after Easter, I invite you to consider what you will leave behind when you pass on. I know that many of us feel like were way too young to consider dying, and many of us would much rather never consider dying, no matter what our age. Yet as people who believe, we must recognize that there’s nothing to fear, deny or avoid about dying. And as people who believe, we have a responsibility to consider what we will leave behind for those who follow behind us.
To help us consider some of these thoughts, we have invited some guest speakers to present a conversation on the end of life, topics including how do you being the conversation with family, do I have a will, what are my last wishes, where will my body find it’s final resting place and what might I leave to the church. The conversation begins on Sunday, April 26th, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Continues on Sunday May 3rd, at 12:15 – 2:00 p.m. And follows up on Sunday, May 31st 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. See the full article and schedule on page….
We are resurrection people! So, what lives on from your life?
~ Rev. Trudy