The Promise of Resurrection

20 Apr

The Promise of Resurrection

I’ve been charged with a mission: write about the Resurrection of our Lord. I am not going to lie; I’ve been doing research, listening to homilies about the Resurrection, reading articles, reading the Bible, and this is hard! How do I express the magnitude of the importance of the RESURRECTION?! I think my conclusion is that the Resurrection is the pivotal and most important event in all of history. Some of you reading this may think to yourself, “Well, of course! You had to research and read the Bible to figure this out?” Well…not exactly. I started to think about who I am and what I would be if Jesus had not risen again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

There are a good number of people out there who that think life would be so much easier without religion, specifically life without Jesus. Life would be less stressful, and there wouldn’t be rules restricting us or higher being out there holding us accountable for our actions or thoughts. You could do whatever made you “happy.” But look at King Solomon; he was doing a pretty good job living his life without God. He had all the earthly pleasures he could dream of, including 300 wives. Yet, this wasn’t enough. Throughout his writings in Ecclesiastes and Proverbs, we see his heart turning towards something greater: “without God, it is all emptiness.”

Because of Jesus, we can look at our lives with hope. Hope that through Jesus’ passion and resurrection, we too can endure suffering and come out on the other side redeemed. Because of Jesus’ own pain and love, our sufferings and love matter. St. Therese of Liseiux, one of my favorite saints, says it best, “You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love at which we do them.” We indeed know this is Truth: without Jesus, all of our successes and failures, and even our entire lives mean nothing. Why would any human being in his right mind suffer such a brutal death for another? Because of love.

This Easter season, let us look at the Cross and keep in mind not only Christ’s sufferings, but even more the love He has for us. The love that allowed him to trust fully in His Father, that after His suffering and death, He would rise and be seated at the right hand of the Father. No matter what you may be struggling with this Easter season, know that your redemption lies in uniting your sufferings to Christ Jesus’ suffering and death; this is proven in the struggle of Christ and ultimately in His Resurrection
. This is a promise.

John 10:10, I came so that they may have a life and have it more abundantly.

– Kari Elsen


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