Beyond Easter

I just dropped one of my dogs off at the vet for unscheduled surgery to (hopefully) correct a condition we’ve been trying to overcome for almost two months. This comes after a night when I was up until after 1:30am trying desperately to draw a coherent English paper out of my middle school aged son. End of the year assignments and finals are bearing down on my children, while I have hard deadlines approaching at my job, and my husband is stretched thin across too many projects. In our “leisure” time, the garden needs to be planted, a mini-construction/renovation project demands to be finished, and some serious yard work must be attended to before one of any number of dead trees fall on our house.

imgresAs I was driving home, my stressed-out, frustrated, and over-tired mind was redirected by the radio host’s account of his family’s activities this past Sunday for Easter.

“Easter?  Why, yes. That was only three days ago,” I reminded myself.

But in almost the same instance, another thought crowded into my mind… “But what difference does that make now?”

Sure, like most believers, we did a lot of commemorating and reflecting this past Holy week … but are trivial things like egg hunts, or even deeply spiritual moments and special worship services the only way we should celebrate the resurrection of our Lord?

If only a few days have passed since the official observance of Easter and we’re already angst-filled and smothered by the normal attitudes, responsibilities and routines of life, could it be that we’ve missed the point of His resurrection altogether?

Maybe what we really need to do is to keep reading the story…

If we flip over a few pages to Acts in our Bibles, we discover that by verse 9 of the first chapter, Jesus is not only resurrected, He’s ascended back into heaven where He (as Paul later tells us) is “seated at the right hand of God.” (Col 3:1) Sitting at the right hand of a king means that a person acts with the authority of the king himself and is equal in power, honor and position. So this designation places the risen Christ as ruling and reigning over all of creation. No longer the meek and mild suffering servant of the Gospels, He’s now exalted as the King of kings and Lord of lords!  (Rev. 17:14)

And that positional change for Jesus should change us as well.

If we know Him through faith as Savior, we should also boldly count on Him to rule as Lord. That means when stress builds, emotions escalate, and obligations threaten to overwhelm us, we’re not helpless, nor do we have to default to using our own (limited) power to ‘do the best we can.’ We must believe our reigning King has the authority to change all things. And even if He doesn’t alter our circumstances, He dwells with us and in us so that through His Spirit, we can be changed… resurrected from our old and dead ways of living, and living daily in a brand new hope. (1 Pet 1:3)

So while the calendar may say that Easter has past, it should never end for believers.  He IS risen … and He Reigns!  And that’s a truth we should never stop celebrating!

4723501I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you,
the riches 
of His glorious inheritance in His holy people,
and His incomparably great power for us who believe.
That power
is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at his right hand in the heavenly realms
~ Ephesians 1:18-20

6 thoughts on “Beyond Easter

    1. I think our default program is to trust ourselves. Unfortunately, it often takes being in a completely uncontrollable situation for us to realize how out of control we really are. And the flip side is that hopefully we learn how IN Control HE really is! Thanks for reading and commenting, Antoinette!

  1. Thanks Karen, I enjoyed your post! It is so easy to get wrapped up in our everyday lives and the deadlines that quit frankly I bury myself under many times, that I forget I should not be trying to accomplish these “things” in my own power by myself. I need reminding that Christ is sitting at the right hand of our Heavenly Father interceding on our behalf. Awesome!

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