The story of Easter is that having been crucified, Jesus rises again. Yet, it’s one that is difficult to take in and to accept. To many, it does not sound scientifically sensible. That’s if we take the message literally, never good when we delve into the spiritual realm.
In secondary school, one day I noticed that a younger year had written about people who had been in their lives, who they viewed as Saints, for a school display. I looked more closely at the neatly inked and carefully coloured in work, and I noticed that one girl had written about the former Priest at my own church, Father Jan, who had died of a brain tumour, but radiated joy up until his very last days.
At that moment, it occurred to me that people really do live on through their legacy. Father Jan through his warm smile, touching sermons, and fervent belief in equality.
To me that is the eternal life granted by the resurrection, we live through those who we deeply touch, through those we help, through those we listen attentively to.
When we do as Jesus would have us do, and we are reminded of Him, Jesus is resurrected in us. To say someone has gone to heaven is to say they have finished in communion with God, sharing Jesus’ mission. A beautiful legacy is left, for they have truly made the world a better place, one step closer to the creation of ‘heaven on earth’, and as we must follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we must follow in their footsteps also.
The message of Universal Salvation is that we are saved through Jesus. Indeed we are, for Jesus is God made Man, Jesus showed us how we must act, with kindness, forgiveness and respect. When we do that, He is resurrected through the continuation of his mission.
If a physical resurrection does not make sense, a spiritual one most certainly does in the extending of a caring hand, in the strong desire to share and to fight for those who are oppressed.
Before dismissing resurrection as like believing in fairies, consider that although resurrection is a complicated notion, the idea of continuing a legacy and having a positive impact is not.
We have a positive effect on the world when we raise money for charity, help in an old people’s home and share kind words with someone lonely.
These are actions that Jesus would have us do, and when we do them, Christ is truly risen.