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Pastor’s Pen: Hide and Seek

Do you remember playing hide-and-seek as a child?  More than anything, I remember hiding in the most obscure places around my house hoping whoever was searching wouldn’t find me.

I wonder what it must have been like for Jesus’ followers when they went to his grave to find him and he wasn’t there.

“Very early in the morning on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb, bringing the fragrant spices they had prepared.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.  They didn’t know what to make of this.  Suddenly, two men were standing beside them in gleaming bright clothing.  The women were frightened and bowed their faces toward the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He isn’t here, but has been raised.’”  (Luke 24:1-6b)

The Bible tells us that Jesus is, in fact, alive!  If we continue reading Luke’s gospel, we find Jesus walking on the road to Emmaus alongside two of his disciples.  He later appeared to the eleven and their companions in Jerusalem.  He was flesh and blood, just as he was before the crucifixion.  Even doubting Thomas came to believe Jesus was alive after touching Jesus’ nail scarred hands and side.

The Easter experience is so enticing, Christians come out of the woodworks to be a part of the celebration.  Congregations nearly double in size on Easter Sunday because we’ve read about it, heard about it, and have experienced the risen Christ.  We all want to be a part of the body just like Paul said we should be;

“You are the body of Christ and parts of each other.
(1 Corinthians 12:27).”  
It’s a glorious day for the church and for Christians everywhere.

Then comes the Sunday after Easter.  Pews seem almost empty.  Half of those who were here Easter Sunday stay home.  The hoopla surrounding Easter is gone.  It’s as if we need another resurrection.  It’s as if the body is no longer alive and Jesus went back into the tomb.

Don’t let that happen!  Come back to church this Sunday.  Let’s continue celebrating the fact that Christ is alive and well and living among us!  Let’s continue living into and being the risen body of Christ!

May God’s grace and peace give you strength,

Pastor Scott

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession.  You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of the darkness into his amazing light.” (1 Peter 2:9, CEB)