One of the many things I love about our church season is that it keeps going! For example, in the secular world, Christmas is done and over with in one day. After the presents are all opened, a depressive sorrow sets in to many secular minds because the “fun” is all done. Likewise with the secular world’s view of Easter. After the eggs are all found and the chocolate is all eaten, the only thing the world is left with is a tummy-ache!
But not in the church! In the church, we get to celebrate Christmas for weeks. The same goes for Easter. We are going to celebrate Easter not just for a day or two, but for a whole SEASON! And during this season of Easter, we are able to stay fixated upon the Easter resurrection of Christ and to view it from many different angles, and from many different sides – much in the same way you would with a beautiful diamond; turning it around and around to gaze upon its beauty from so many different sides and angles.
One beautiful facet of Easter we can view is the resurrection appearances of Christ. Late in the evening on Easter Sunday, Jesus appeared to two disciples who were walking on the road to the town of Emmaus. These two men saw Jesus, but didn’t realize it was Jesus. They saw Jesus walking right next to them, but they didn’t realize this was the resurrected Jesus. They were staring right into the brilliance of the Son of God’s face, but they did not realize this was the Son of God. They walked and talked with God, but didn’t even realize it.
But then all of this changed. As soon as Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them – a veil fell away from their eyes and they finally saw Jesus for who He is; the Passover lamb who is risen from the dead and whose reign will never end! I pray during this Easter season, and every season of the church year, that our eyes would never deceive us. Look upon Christ as the one who was slain, but now who lives and reigns forever and ever. Gaze upon Him as you would a many faceted diamond always seeing the different ways He loves you, comes to you, keeps His
promises to you, and how He will never fail you.
The Lord be with you,