Don’t set Easter message aside for a year

Voices of Religion

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2007

Now that Easter is over, we are not to just set the resurrection aside until Lent 2008. We are to put our belief, our faith, into practice daily.

In “The Message” by Eugene Peterson, we read:

“Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.

“Because of this decision, we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look ... Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start — is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons. Look at it. All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him and then called us to settle our relationships with each other,” 2 Corinthians 5.

This version of this passage helps us to see so clearly the connection between Easter and everyday life. That means we are to know that Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for new and everlasting life.

From the time we give our lives to Jesus, we begin a new life. That not only means we have new life and the hope it brings, we are to spread that message of hope and new life to others.

This also means we connect this message to how we treat one another. We are to see all people through Jesus’ eyes.

We are to look past the outward appearances and look to their hearts. We are to look beyond past mistakes and see people as clean and fresh because that is how Christ sees each one of us.

We are to reconcile our small and petty differences and offer people the only hope there is new life in Christ.

Can we extend grace to others as it has been extended to us?

We must!

For how can anyone know about this awesome God we have and the salvation that is found in him alone if we, his children, do not live as we believe?

What kind of message do we convey when we refuse to be reconciled to one another?

We certainly must live every day as Easter people filled with hope, and share this hope with as many people as we possibly can.

After all, “We are Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them,” 2 Corinthians 5:19.

If his own children cannot get it right, how will anyone else know there is hope for them?

Let us truly live as we believe being examples as we follow the example of Christ.

Laura Skiba is pastor of North Star United Methodist Church at Mile 25.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. and worship is at 11 a.m.

For more information, call 776-8732.

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