THE MEANING OF EASTER SLIPS EASILY FROM OUR GRASP. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of a child. No problem there! Who can’t get behind a birthday celebration? But at Easter we have to accept that almost two thousand years ago a dead man was raised from the dead. That takes a lot of theological acrobatics to comprehend. As a young person, I spent many summers and other holidays at my grandparent’s funeral home. As a pastor, I’ve been burying the dead for two and a half decades; I’ve never seen anyone sit up in their casket and say, ‘Hi everybody! I’m back!’
But Easter isn’t supposed to be grasped, at least not the way we get hold of a math problem or solve a puzzle. Easter is the way God wants us to live, trusting that there is something much bigger and much better beyond the end of our temporal noses.
After all, when you live as if Easter is real, even if you are just faking it – working for justice, making peace instead of war, sharing out your abundance, believing that there is a future brighter than the darkness of the present, even if the present includes death, that’s when the staggering truth of Easter starts to sink-in: in God we are abundantly and eternally alive with hope!
Dr. Mark Giuliano, Pastor
The Old Stone Church, Cleveland