Easter... Now What?
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Now what? What do we do with the great news that the Father raised Jesus Christ from the dead when we go back to our ordinary lives? What do you do with this truth when the baby wakes you up for the third time in the middle of night? When you get into a fight with your friend? When you have to drive on 280 at 8 a.m? When you lose a job or lose a loved one?
What do we do now? Peter calls God’s people to rejoice in Christ’s resurrection because it gives us new life where we were once dead. We have a living hope in this life because we are waiting on an imperishable inheritance given to us through Christ’s work on the cross and his triumph over the grave. Isaiah gives us a picture of the Lord hosting all peoples to a glorious feast and of God himself wiping away every tear.
It is in this that we rejoice "though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
We rejoice in the work that Christ has done on the cross and we look forward to Christ’s return when he will make all things new. We live in the tension of Christ’s first coming when he defeated death and sin definitively and his second coming when he will complete that work and raise us to eternal life. But in that tension, in this messy world filled with great joy and great sorrow, we know that Christ continues to come to us. He continues to work in our lives, he continues to raise joy from sorrow, and is present with us in both through his Holy Spirit.
Remember today, that Christ is risen, that he has come, and he will come again. Trust in him, cling to him, and know that the trials you face are strengthening your faith, that they are revealing the need for and the hope in the risen Lord.