West Union United Methodist Church
Friday, April 19, 2019
Luke 10:27

Pastor's Corner



  Consider This… From Chris

The Great American Dream focuses on how much we can get: how many possessions, how much money, how big a house, how many cars.  For many people that dream is nothing more than wishful thinking.  It is complicated by racial and gender inequity, by fear of others who are different, by greed and distrust. The dreams God gives to us are much different, because they lead to a more just reality.

On the first Easter morning, according to Luke's gospel, the women who had been following and supporting Jesus came to Jesus' tomb and found it empty.  While they wondered what could have happened, they were surprised and terrified by two men in dazzling white, who said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen."  They were then told to remember all that Jesus had told them.  What did they do?  Did they sit and ponder?  Did they go to the synagogue and pray?  Did they hold a committee meeting to decide how to deal with this new development?  Not!

They were inspired!  They went to the eleven disciples and told them all that had happened.  I can picture them, excited, elated and breathless from running.  Their minds were bursting with the wonder!  They rushed in to tell the disciples and the rest of Jesus' followers.  Jesus, who had been killed, was alive.  The initial skepticism of the disciples slowly grew into a deep and daring faith, and the world has been in the process of being transformed from that moment.

 That is the beginning of the Great Easter Dream Reality, inspired by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The Easter Reality is responsible for projects like Habitat for Humanity, Heifer Project, new churches in Iowa and around the world.  People who felt they were unforgivable find new hope and new possibilities for their lives through Jesus’ forgiving love.  Millions of lives and hearts have been changed by the reality that Jesus died and rose again into new life. 

 Let the Easter Reality fill your mind and heart during this Easter season, and bring to life the possibilities that God gives us. Remember all that Jesus taught about loving God and neighbor, about forgiveness, and about God’s abundant grace. With our words and actions inspired by the Spirit of God, we will share the current reality of that ancient affirmation, “Christ is Risen!  He is Risen indeed!”