The Other

Text: Luke 24:28-35

             At the risk of sounding “mystical,”  I’d like to suggest that the very heart of our Christian life depends upon how we experience God.  Is it more cognitive?  If so, then we will read a lot of books and endlessly study our Bible.  Is it more behavioral?  If so, we will place great emphasis on “doing” the faith rather than “talking” about it.  Is it more affective?  Then we will highly value music, ceremonies, or other activities that make us feel closer to God.

The truth is, there are many ways to God, but the most effective ones place an emphasis on the how we are experiencing God in this moment.  There are two ways that we can rob the present of its significance.  One is to escape into the past and think only of the stories of the Bible.  The other is to escape into the future and spend much time thinking about things to come.  Of course God is the God of the past, present, and future—but we only experience God in the present.

All of which brings us to the main point of Easter.  Yes, it’s nice to hear stories of the resurrected Jesus meeting with his followers.  But the bottom line for this Easter’s celebration is:  “Have each of us met the resurrected Jesus?”

Join with us for a joyful celebration of that life-changing moment.

 —Paul