an easter ramble’s response


I think I understand your questions when you ask if I refer to Easter as equal to celebrating the arrival of spring time. No! Emphatically not ! That is not what I said ! I did not say that Easter was similar to the arrival of Spring. I did not refer to Christs Easter to be symbolic. My emphasis is that this event truly happened, and that it was of such great importance that the gospel writers made a deliberate effort to document it, even though writing of Jesus Christ being resurrected from the dead would bring them nothing but ridicule. In spite of that fact, they made Easter a part of their testimony. Their recording of the event was that of something palpable. Christs resurrection was something that was seen, heard, and experienced on all levels of the human ability. It is real, historic, and documented. What I did say is that their witness to the event was similar to witnessing a northern winter transition into summer. At first there comes a few warm days to break the cold of winter, snow gives way to rain and the sound of birds briefly appear. At first one does not declare winter to be over, but one guesses that its grip is beginning to loosen. The women at the tomb search, but then realize He is no longer there. They spot Him concealed as the gardener. A fleeting moment, as many of the accounts are fleeting moments. One fleeting moment leads to the next, one discussion leads to an observation. An observation of the shift in weather causes one to look for other signs of Spring. A bird is heard, a bud is admired. A warm breeze. The case for the change in season is slowly built. Its evidence is gathered, and the testimony documented. Sound by sound, sight by sight, meticulously recorded.

That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.

The difference though is that the changes of season is observed year after year and century upon century. Its changes are well known and the evidence becomes more codified over time. A fleeting series of observations turn into a scientific study, and the changes are quantitated. Not so with Christ’s Resurrection, it is not the same. Jesus Christs resurrection occurs but once in time. It is not repeated year after year. Its observation never turns into that quantifiable science. It is franticly recorded once by those that were there, a brief moment in time. That is important to consider when pondering Christs Easter. It is important to read the accounts, of what those witnesses said, and how they said it. Theirs is a firsthand account. They are the witnesses, they are not speculators. The similarity to the Resurrection and the change in season, winter to spring, is that the signs are at first fleeting. They flicker into ones consciousness as a bird might dart through the sky. Once visible, then hidden. Over time though those visions increase in  intensity and duration. No longer a thought, or an idea, or a question. Instead a reality, a fact built on gathered observations. The resurrection is something gathered , grasped, observed, and ultimately declared. It is a wonderful mystery come to light.

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