April 1st is both April Fool’s Day and Easter Sunday. This is a fairly rare occurrence—it hasn’t happened since the mid-1950’s. Of course there are all kinds of jokes, like: “Would you like to come to worship with me on Easter?” “Sure. When is it?” “April Fool’s.” “You mean you DON’T want me to come?” “Yes, I do. Come with me on Easter. April Fool’s.” And the conversation continues with a lot of misunderstanding.
It’s fun to play with coincidences like this. The conversations on the first Easter morning might have taken on a similar sense of misunderstanding. The women who had been to the tomb were trying to tell the disciples that Jesus was not there. Some of the women even said he was alive. This made no sense to the disciples. No one dies and then is alive again three days later. Someone is playing a joke!
Soon the disciples learned the truth—Jesus was alive and it was no joke. For us today, Christ’s power in our lives and in our world is no joke. We have experienced the power of this risen Christ to transform our hearts. That transformation brings new life and new hope to our spirits, allowing us to live in ways that let us see the good in the world instead of the bad.
Have you experienced this transformation in your life? Do you know that the resurrection is not a practical joke? If you have, I hope you live that out each day, especially through worship. If you haven’t, I invite you to join us at Evan UMC for worship, for study, and for conversation with others who are learning to live as children of Christ.
As always, I invite your questions, your comments and your prayers!