Today is Easter. The stone has been rolled away. The tomb is empty. It is the most significant day of the year for those who profess faith in Jesus Christ. In fact, we celebrate the glory and wonder of the Easter every other Sunday of the year. Sunday is the Lord’s Day. It is the day of his resurrection. God is alive and we are not alone. God lives and because God lives God’s love, grace, mercy, compassion, justice and peace is alive as well. All that is God is living in our midst regenerating lives, reconciling relationships and redeeming creation. In Easter, we see as much of God as we can see in this world. Easter is God’s most loving moment. It is God saying as loudly and clearly as God can say that God wants to be in a loving relationship with God’s creation.
As such, Easter is the defining event in human history. God, the creator of all that we know and can ever know gives to us, sacrifices for us and suffers for us that we can know God, know that God is with us and know that God loves us. Of all the ways that we might respond to what God has done in Easter, one of those ways has to be wonder. How can we help but wonder at the mystery of it all. That one so great could care so profoundly for us is beyond our understanding and comprehension. To explain it or to try and make sense of it baffles the human mind. Yet, God did it for us.
Because God’s love for us is most clearly and fully demonstrated to us in the Easter event we worship. In light of what God gives to us in Easter, we offer ourselves back to God in worship. We sing and we pray, but on a deeper level, we finally worship when we cease our efforts to maintain control of our lives and give ourselves wholly to God. Whatever form or mode our worship may take it truly becomes worship as we offer our lives back to the one who has given love and life to us.
In response to Easter we wonder, we worship and we work. We work not because we have to but because we cannot help but to do something. Responding to Easter with mind and spirit alone stops short of adequately expressing the life changing impact of the agonizing cross, the stone rolled away, the tomb empty. What happened in Easter transforms our thinking, our praying and our doing.
At Ball Camp, we live out the Easter reality when we put our faith into action. Whether we are in our community, inner-city Knoxville, the mountains of Kentucky or an ocean away, when act in the name of Jesus we proclaim his resurrection. When we endeavor to act in ways that we believe he would act we demonstrate not just with our words but with our actions that he is alive. Easter is an event we remember. It is a victory we celebrate. It is a vocation we pursue.
For the past month you have heard words and read handouts about the Easter offering for Global Missions. This offering is used to send the story of God’s love all around the world. Workers are able to tell the story of God’s love to some of the world’s most neglected people because of your support of this offering. They are remembering, celebrating and doing Easter. As you give to support this offering, you proclaim the Lord’s resurrection for all the world to hear.
This week we will take a team of folks to McCreary County, Kentucky. We will be working at the Dunsmore’s home. We are going to install new windows in this couples house. We will be taking out and installing. We will be removing and replacing. Most of all we will be Eastering. We will be acting like the stone is rolled away, the tomb is empty and Jesus is alive. Come go with us if you can.