Thoughts As We Enter Easter

Take a minute to hold “Easter” …

We live life often like set of domoinoes … either “flipping” up or “crashing” down. Easter reminds us of one critical piece of life we often forget … we get to choose what stands and what falls.

Many of you hold wildly varied perspectives on faith, Christ and religion. With a smile I say that seems to be God’s plan! So beyond the story of Christ’s resurrection and the Christian faith is a simple story Christians and non-Christians can embrace. That is the story of dominoes, dominoes that actually did not fall.

Christ’s death on the cross, marked on Good Friday, was the culmination of years of unjust persecution at the hands of the Roman occupiers and religious authorities in ancient Israel. He was tried and executed in the most painful way known at that time … to languish, naked, nailed on a cross, a public humiliation of agonizingly slow death.

Imagine dominoes. Imagine them falling. And imagine, just before the final domino falls, someone says “Stop.” “The pain stops here.” “Revenge stops here.” “No more.” That is Christ on the cross where his plea is not for vengeance but “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” The cascading fall ends.

Christian or not, we can learn right at that place. What does it look like to give up vengeance in our lives … our marriages, our families, our communities, our nation, our world. Even in the face of shocking, unjust de-humanizing brutality can our words be for forgiveness and even hope?

And this is the miracle … they can!  Welcome to resurrection.

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