|Easter is a Season that starts on one special Sunday (the day of resurrection). It then goes on for 50 days, ending on the Sunday of Pentecost (the day of the gifting of the Holy Spirit). In between, on the Sundays of Easter, we hear stories of some of the meetings of the resurrected Jesus with his first disciples.
In a number of those encounters we are told that the disciples immediately didn’t recognize Jesus.Nevertheless, he often took the opportunity to “open up” the scriptures for them during those times together, so they might gain a fuller understanding of God’s activity in their lives and world through him, his ministry and mission.
In most of those stories it was “after” these impromptu Bible studies that Jesus was, in the familiar things of life…breaking bread, sharing a meal along the seashore, having a successful morning of fishing…, recognized for who he truly was, their risen Lord.
The message of Easter is that there are no barriers in this world that can separate God from us, not even death. As the Apostle Paul reminds the Christians in Rome: I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love—not life or death, not angels or spirits, not the present or the future, and not powers above or powers below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord! (Romans 8:38-39 CEV)
Jesus is present with us at all times in in all places of our lives. What these post-resurrection meetings with his followers tell me is that spending time with our bibles allows the Lord to “open us up” through the scriptures to a more full and deep understanding of our God – which might just allow us to recognize the Lord more often in our everyday lives.
So, what better way to use this season of Easter, these fifty days, than get into more of a routine of devotionally reading our Bibles which will allow each of us to experience the Lord’s presence each day ? How about it? Give it a try and see what happens to you, today’s faithful followers!
Rev. Jimmy Lee Werley