Easter Monday, April 13th, 2020
It’s Monday morning and Jesus is Risen! This is a time of momentum, praise God and continue singing the songs and shouting hallelujah! It can be easy to fall back into our old routines after celebrating Easter Sunday. Friends, we have just experienced an emotionally filled weekend where we knew the facts as they unfolded before us, yet knowing the facts did not lessen the painful emotions of the experience. Every time I see images of Jesus being beaten and mocked it hurts just like it was the first time seeing it. Unlike the disciples we know the story and the ending of that first Easter weekend celebration that is called Passover. When Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection He said this to them, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” -John 20:21
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
So, on this Easter Monday will you answer the call from Jesus to go and share the good news? Maybe you’re asking yourself, how can I share the good news(?)
• I’m not a Bible scholar or teacher
• I can’t start a conversation about Jesus and my beliefs
• I don’t feel confident talking about Biblical doctrine
My sincerest recommendation is don’t over-think it. What qualities do you recognize, practice and foster as a believer in Jesus Christ…Go and do the same.
Go forward, use those qualities and share the love of God with everyone. Here’s a response Jesus gave to a Pharisee’s question in Matthew 22:34-40:
“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Two commandments —All the Laws and Prophets hang of them.
1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
2. Love your neighbor as yourself.
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.