THREE RIVERS DISTRICT
What comes after Easter? Where do we, as Christians, go from here? After the balloons and lilies, the joy and excitement of Easter Sunday, what happens?
The disciples must have been wondering things like that, too. It had been a glorious day that first Easter morning. Just two days before, all hope had been dashed as the disciples saw Jesus die. But the first Easter morning brought fresh hope as the wondrous news was spread that Jesus was alive.
Yet the disciples fully expected that this same event would also cause a stir among the authorities and perhaps lead to their own arrest. So they found a place where they could gather and discuss what they should do.
Maybe that’s every church. Left to our own devices, we are nothing more than a huddle of confused, timid disciples. If you want to see us, stripped of our sacred trappings, our pretense peeled away, then look at John 20:19ff– a huddle of timid souls hanging on to one another behind our locked doors. But Jesus has this uncanny knack for showing up where we are and saying, “I have something for you to do. There’s good news to share and people who need to hear it and see it in action.”
So here’s the thing– The Church needs to remind itself, in these days after Easter, that we have hope, not because of something that we have decided, or we have found, or we have created, but rather hope based upon the stunning act of a God who comes among us.
We are the church, not because of the building, not because of the singing, the preaching, or the various activities. What makes us a church is the presence of the risen Christ. We are the church because he has come to us and given us his gifts of Spirit, mission, and forgiveness– commissioning us to give them to the whole world in his name. That’s what comes after Easter. Let’s get out there and be the Church!
Dr. Bradley G Call
Three Rivers District
Rev. Dr. Brad Call
415 Walnut St
Coshocton OH 43812
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