|Posted by bethlehemlutheran on May 6, 2011 at 3:52 PM|
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
For many Americans, the Easter eggs and chocolates have been eaten, and the baskets have been put away for another year, because the celebration is over. However, many of us who attend Christian churches will be celebrating Easter until Pentecost, 50 days in all, or a week of weeks. That gives us time to really think about Easter (and eat more chocolate). The Scripture lessons read in those churches during this season tell us about Jesus, what he did and does for us, and why.
Outside of the Easter story itself, one of my favorite Easter Scriptures is the one that will be read on May 8 this year. It concerns two people walking the road between Jerusalem and Emmaus late in the day on the first Easter Sunday. They are walking away from some very troubling events which have deeply disturbed them. By the end of the story, their sorrow has turned into joy and they are hurrying back towards Jerusalem (Luke 24:13-35).
What has happened to change everything? Jesus, real and alive, has been made known to them in the breaking of bread. Blessed, broken and shared to reveal Jesus; this is the Communion pattern. It happens often in the New Testament, it happened to Jesus himself, and it happens often in the life of today’s Christian, as well.
To learn more, join us for church this Sunday!