In the days immediately following his crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus appeared in mysterious and surprising ways. Let us be open to his presence wherever we gather, worship, pray, serve, and welcome all people.
The Lord is risen. The Lord is risen indeed.
The beautiful strong Easter greeting blesses us in these 50 days after the resurrection day. Jesus appears in surprising ways. He appears in the midst of the disciples behind closed doors. He doesn’t enter through the doorway but appears in the midst of their community with one another. Frightened, He reassures them.
Thomas, not present, is given a second chance. Jesus appears again a week later in the midst of the disciples and invites Thomas to believe and to place his own hands in the injured nail prints and the gashed side of the resurrected Lord. Jesus appears on the road to Emmaus and Cleopas and the other disciple don’t recognize who Jesus is until they sit at table and break the bread and there He is.
Jesus appears on a lakeside as the disciples, back at their fishing task, catch no fish until they are beckoned to cast their nets on a far side. On the shore awaits a breakfast of charcoaled fish and bread. This is the way the risen Lord appears to you and to me – in surprising ways. In this season, in this great Easter season, we anticipate Christ’s resurrection, power and might in our shared life.
As the Judicial Council meets this week to review the legislation passed at the called session of the General Conference, we pray for them and we know that the resurrected Christ will be with them and with us in every place where United Methodist people gather, worship, study, pray, serve and welcome all people.
Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed.