Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” Mark 16:6-7
Every year at Easter we tell the same story of Jesus’ resurrection, and we make the same proclamation: “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” It is a story that has been told for two thousand years, and it is a story that still transforms everything that we do as disciples of Jesus Christ. From visiting with someone who is down and out, to taking a meal to someone who is sick to completing a work project for someone who is less fortunate than ourselves, each of these acts finds true meaning when we do it in the name of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. In fact it is in acts like these and others that a little resurrection power can be experienced in someone’s life.
The resurrection story of Jesus Christ should be at the center of everything that we do as his disciples, and that is why it is so important for us to proclaim this story year after year, and in all that we do. It was this moment in time that transformed a ragtag group of disciples into men of great faith who became the apostles of the Church. It is these same men who, once they heard the proclamation that Christ had risen, then went to wait for the promised Holy Spirit, who would continue to instruct them and empower them to do many great things for the Kingdom of God. It is these same men who, once the Spirit did descend upon them, went boldly into a busy marketplace to proclaim to the world that Jesus Christ had truly been risen from the grave. It is these same men who risked their life day after day in the face of persecution to make the world aware of what can happen if we are willing to give our entire lives to the power of Christ.
The amazing thing about the story of the disciples and their experience of the resurrection is that each of these men and women were in different places and situations in their life. Some were rich while others were poor; some were respected while others had no respect; some were blue collar while others were white collar. Some of the disciples would even have reason to distrust the others, as they were made up of tax collectors, fishermen, and even religious and military zealots, and yet each had different skills and gifts that made them suitable to proclaim the resurrection. When these individuals encountered Christ and the power of his resurrection they were able to lay aside all of these differences and serve the same Lord together!
We retell this story every year because the world still needs to hear this transformative message. We are still in need of reconciling our differences, of claiming the power of Jesus’ resurrection in broken relationships, and to find the strength and courage to live the gospel each and every day of our lives. We retell this story every year because the world still need to know of the hope that we can only find in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!
Praying that you experience the power of Christ’s resurrection!
Rev. John Embrey