Psalm 148, 149, 150, 113, 114
John 1:1-18, 20:19-23
What do we do with the joy of Easter?
He is risen.
He is risen indeed!
Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection was the great equalizer. No longer were only the Jews God’s chosen people, but through Christ, all people have the opportunity to enter a direct fellowship with him. Today as we celebrate the resurrection, we recognize the final barrier between God and humankind was shattered.
The Psalms recall a unity in worship in which all creation rejoices in praise and barriers between the highest and lowliest in rank are broken down. Inanimate earth to rulers of the earth come together with equal rank to worship the Lord.
The Exodus passage remembers the institution of the Passover and gives the Jews specific directions in preparation and eating of the meal, with emphasis on them being ready to MOVE. It also emphasizes the importance of the first-born which the John passage re-visits. Christ is presented as being eternal as God. Word. Flesh. Spirit. Altogether in one, and through that one, unity is achieved.
We experience so much joy today as we consider the hope in the resurrection and the salvations we know. We also need to consider how we are going to move forward in the future with this same joy and energy to complete the works God has called us to do. We inherited the same spirit as the disciples and we have no excuses to let our tasks go undone.
Let us capture the energy of today and carry it forward into our daily living, building the kingdom of God as we do.