-Holly Ross-Underwood,
Presiding Pastor

                     Easter is a Daily Assurance...


 

Easter is over—somehow, this sentiment is not right.  It is true Easter Sunday is past, but Easter continues until June.  Actually, in the lectionary year Easter goes from Easter Sunday April 16th to June 4th Pentecost Sunday.  During these weeks we read and hear all of the wonderful stories of Christ appearing after His crucifixion and on the third day His resurrection. 

Just to name a few of these stories, Christ appears first to Mary of Magdalene, (Mark 16:9; John 20:11–18), Christ appearing to two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus, (Luke 24:13–34), Christ eating with and reminding the disciples of their commitment to God, (Mark 16:14), Christ opening the disciples minds to understanding the Scriptures, (Luke 24:39-53), Christ breathing the breath of the Holy Ghost on His disciples (John 20:22), Christ responding in love to Thomas demands to see and touch the nail prints and the place where the sword was driven in His side, (John 20:24-28), Christ eating with the disciples who have gone fishing and telling them to feed His sheep, (John 21:5-24), and the list could continue.  John 21:25 tells us that the world could not contain all of the things Christ did.

Thus we learn that after His resurrection, Christ was in the middle of the lives of His disciples appearing to them in unexpected places reminding them of their commitment to God.  This is where we find Christ today, in the middle of our lives, opening our hearts, and still asking us to “follow Him”.  Easter is an everyday assurance that we live in Christ and He is within us. 

                                                                                                                             -Pastor Holly