Hello all! Mara and I just wrapped up 3 weeks of work in the U.S. – traveling to Brooklyn, Vegas, and Salt Lake City to host events on Saturdays, and working with our creative team in the middle of it all. It’s been amazing. Thank you to those wonderful people we spent each Saturday with, Mara and I can’t stop smiling.
We arranged our work travels so we could spend Easter Sunday with some family, and this morning at church I heard someone focusing on the statement “He Lives” as applied to the resurrected Christ, and I started writing down some thoughts that I figured I’d share with the rest of you. Hope you enjoy.
It’s unfortunate that the statement “He Lives” is something we primarily associate with the resurrection. It’s as if the primary focus is on going from an inanimate state of being of the physical body, to an animated state of being as a resurrected body.
Such a focus ignores that “He Lives” applies to every moment of Jesus’s ministry. His capacity to “Live” was not a function of possessing a body or not, it was a function of the light, love, peace, serenity, mercy, and compassion that he brought to every interaction, every human being, every moment.
Not only does He “Live” by being fully connected to God and living in the light and glory of his Father, but he promises you that YOU can live as well, by walking in His Way and pattern of living. And he’s not just talking about some future moment when body and spirit will be reconnected, he’s speaking of a tangible quality of life, lived in the here-now, and not the there-then.
The early christians were not called “christian”, but “followers of the way”. And what “way” is that? A radical kind of love explained in the Sermon on the Mount and exemplified in every moment after. Walking in that Love allows one to Live. To see Light even in darkness, to experience Peace in times of turmoil, to be full of Forgiveness in moments of betrayal.
“He Lives” should not be a statement only of his post-resurrection state, but of the quality of his every moment, which is a quality he calls you to, and promises that by so doing, you, too, can “Live”.
In this way, the burden is light, the yoke is easy. Because to Love is to Live.
In sharing this with you, I hope no one thinks that I’m only speaking to people who have a religious belief in Jesus. Though that forms a significant part of my world view, I also know that the Life that comes through Love is universal, and available to all. I truly hope that you find a little more of that “Life” in your day to day, and that this blog serves as a source to learn about that kind of Love.
Much love to you all, as you seek to Live.