Once again we have paid our annual visit to the empty tomb and, with great pomp and joy, celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We shouted more than enough “alleluias” to make up for their absence during Lent, and probably ate enough chocolate to keep our cardiologists well fed for another year. So Easter is once again in the rearview mirror, what are we supposed to do now? It seems obvious that there are two distinct answers to that question, based upon the Bible. First, keep celebrating. From the birth of the Church at Pentecost in the book of Acts Christians have set aside Sunday to continue the feast of the resurrection. The Apostles emphasized the resurrection in their preaching and teaching and we should do the same. Secondly, and this comes right from the words of Jesus, tell everyone. The accounts of the resurrection in the Gospels all contain Jesus’ command to his followers to tell others, to be his witnesses, to carry the message into all the world. We have an obligation, a command, to spread the good news that this Jesus, who died for the sins of the world, is alive again forever and because of that we have peace with God through faith in him. The gift of forgiveness and eternal life is available by faith to all people, regardless of who they are, regardless of what they’ve done. The Apostle Paul tells us that “Faith comes through hearing the message, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) We have the message that all need to hear. We have the command to share it. It’s as simple as telling the story, our story, of what God has done for us in Jesus. And, hasn’t God done everything for us in Jesus his Son?
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009