Here I am on Easter Sunday. It’s been a full week and I’ve put aside much of what I’d normally do to study and write in this blog. Tomorrow I return to my normal busy schedule and put aside the books for awhile. I won’t be posting everyday but I will be posting at least once a week and my topics will become more varied. I am thinking that my next post will be on sea shanties. Or maybe on the spiritual joys of power tools.
But is it still Easter and something amazing happened this day over 2,000 years ago – a story, a mission, a way of thinking, and a man refused to be dead. Roman legions could not kill the movement Jesus started. In fact by hanging him on a cross the Jewish leaders and the Roman soldiers likely forced the teachings of Jesus into a place in the history books. Had Jesus died of old age as a beloved Rabbi, it is likely that history would have forgotten his teachings and we’d know little of his doctrine of justice, peace, non-violence, of forgiveness and love.
Part of my mind – the part that has been trained in science and engineering, rails against the fact that a man could be killed and come back to life three days later. It is impossible. Perhaps Jesus wasn’t really dead when he was placed in the tomb – maybe they got it wrong and on the Sabbath he slipped away. Perhaps it is just a myth. Perhaps it is true. I can’t know for sure.
Part of my mind – the part that wonders if I am asking the right question, wonders, “Does it matter?” Does it matter if the physical body of Jesus came back to life? It is his teachings that are the important part – the legacy of love, compassion and fair treatment for all – that is the important thing. All of these ideas threatened the religious leaders in the temple and they tried to kill the ideas by killing Jesus.
But that didn’t work. Whether or not Jesus died and left the tomb isn’t nearly as important as the fact that his teachings we’re killed – his message survived. By the sacrifice of Jesus – his laying down his life – we now have an example to follow that can still change the world.
Jesus’s stories speak to me and inform my life in so many ways. These stories tell me how to treat my brothers and sisters, how to care for the afflicted, how to forgive and how to love. It makes my lifer fuller to know that I have a purpose in life other than going to work and just earning money to eat. I have a purpose more than just staying alive one more day.
Through Jesus’s example I know that I have a job here in this world to build here the world that God wants this earth to be – a paradise where all are loved, cared for and justice and equality are the order of the day.