Easter, One Week Later

That was awesome!

“Did you see the way Jesus just “popped” in here? I mean, the door was locked! It was just so…I don’t know…aMazing!”

“And, Thomas – you should have seen the look on your face when Jesus told you to put your finger in His side…Classic! Oh, I wish I had my camera with me for that. Hahahaha…”

Gone Fishin'

“Phew!”

“Okay. “

“Umm…”

“Now what?”

“Umm…”

“Who’s up for fishin’?”

“I’m in!”

“I got the cooler.”

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

Gone fishin’!?! What? But that’s exactly what Peter and six of the other disciples did. A few days after they had witnessed with their own eyes a post-crucifixion Jesus walking, talking, and eating, they loaded up the bass boat and tackle, checked the morning weather and fishing report, and headed out to Lake Tiberius (aka, The Sea of Galilee).

But, when you think about it, was it really all that crazy? I mean, they had to eat, didn’t they? They had to live. They had to earn a living…

But wait! Shouldn’t the resurrection make life, I don’t know, different, some how?

Ah yes, welcome to the befuddling complexity of our average lives – where resurrection life converges with mundane things like earning a living, diapers, retirement plans, and death. Crazy.

Resurrection. Fishing. Resurrection. Fishing.

Maybe the disciples were a little slow to catch on. Or maybe they, like us, were just average Joes who needed some time to process what it all meant. Here is this wonderful, but incomprehensible, thing thrown in your face – the resurrection – and it takes time to figure out what that means for Monday’s status meeting or Tuesday’s brake job. How do you process the convergence of the eternal and the mundane? What category does that fit? What are you and I supposed to do with it?

(Fish) Food for Thought

What difference, after all is said and done, does the resurrection really make? Here’s a few suggestions you might consider if life feels like you’re just casting bait into the same old fishing hole.

  1. Follow your gut. If you think the resurrection should make life different somehow, you’re right. Follow your instincts on that one. It does create a change and it’s meant to force a response, not be forgotten after a week, or even a lifetime. If anything, the resurrection shows that life isn’t always going to be average.
  2. Deal with reality. Consider that the resurrection is where the eternal and the mundane cross paths (accidental pun). But, the resurrection doesn’t replace the mundane – yet. You still have to go to work. You still have to change diapers. Sorry☹. But somehow…somehow…the mundane things in your life can be marked by the eternal. But, experiencing that possibility depends on how you respond to the resurrection one week later.
  3. Respond to a person. Any one-week-later response to the resurrection must center on a person – Jesus of Nazareth, a carpenter who claimed to be the son of God. Either His resurrection is a fact of history that validated His claim, or it isn’t. If it isn’t, you can safely ignore it, or if you like, draw some moral from the story like, “We should all be selfless and love our neighbors.” On the other hand, if the resurrection is a historical fact, then it calls for a life-long, heart, mind and soul response to Jesus as a person, not just admission of the fact. Faith, trust, repentance, surrender, devotion, worship: those are good places to start.

How do you respond to the resurrection? Does it make a difference for you?

Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. – The Apostle Paul

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