Thoughts on Easter and Holy Week, from the Jericho Staff and Authors
I love Easter Sunday as much as the next Christian. But in recent years, I resonate more with the spiritual themes of Good Friday.
I don’t mean to sound flip, but since God is all-powerful, the idea that He could raise Jesus from the dead is not all that surprising.
But the idea that God Incarnate would make himself vulnerable to his own creation—to the point of death on a cross—astonishes me.
As a recovering drunk, I’m keenly aware that I am powerless over alcohol. The idea that God once made himself as powerless as I am—so that one day I could rely on his awesome power instead of my own—seems almost too good to be true.
Yet here I am sober, living proof that it’s so.
“God allows himself to be edged out of the world and onto the cross. God is weak and powerless in the world, and that is exactly the way, the only way, in which he can be with us and help us.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Easter is the one Sunday in the year that calls me to rise early. Mind you, I’d rather sleep in. But if I’m vigilant enough to rise, and hightail it to a favorite park before the sun gets there, I can be reminded of the Light that has been visited upon my darkness, from which I raise my mug of coffee and shout “Christ is risen!”