“Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime.
- Martin Luther”
Happy Easter! But I know what you’re thinking: “Easter’s over!” But did you know that Easter is actually a season? And so it is Easter still! And so still time for us to reflect and rejoice the source of all our hope: that Jesus lives! Jesus lives and so we too shall live forever! Why keep that thought for simply a single day; or even just a season in the church year? Instead, the thought and hope and promise of Easter is that joy that should weave through our entire life.
Look: here it is. Do you think about it? He died. He LIVES. He is coming again. And you will live forever, in a place with no pain, no sorrow, no worry, no loneliness, no heartache, no goodbyes to loved ones… no death. Just joy and love and peace, one with another, with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, forever.
Now that’s a good story. And it’s one we see EVERYWHERE. That’s why I love Luther’s quote.
The promise of the resurrection to come is sung loudly by the whole earth every spring as life flows forth from the ground and in the trees and we start to feel the sun‘s warmth again.
(Ok, in Florida we ALWAYS get to feel the sun‘s warmth; Luther didn’t live in Florida. He lived in Germany, where spring coming around had a different feel.)
But still! Look at the sky and the birds and the beautiful sunset (there! That one still
works in Florida!) And in these see small foretastes of the ultimate Easter to come: the return of Christ, and the day of the Resurrections, that flows from his death on the cross and the fact that he too has risen.
Let us have that hope in our hearts not just on Easter, and not just in the spring, but each and every day, by the power of the Holy Spirit, until our Lord’s return!
God’s blessings saints of Beautiful Savior!
See you in the fields of the Lord’s harvest,