This Easter I've been thinking a lot. Mostly about the power I feel from believing in the resurrected Christ, in my Savior who walked the Earth again, in the love and mercy that He personified by coming back to us after living how He did.
It is through these reflections that I have come to ponder on the power of His return, and the peace it brought to this Earth. It changed everything. And what I think it has meant for me, in particular this Easter, is to recognize how it has changed everything for me.
In church today a brother quoted a poem whose author wrote, "The one who rose was I." This is how the resurrection has changed everything for me. Through Christ's resurrection, I too rise, we too rise. Not only my body after death, but my spirit in this life above that which could bog me down. Christ's resurrection is the wing upon which my soul takes flight. It makes possible for me a different world, one where we do not focus on judging others and scorning them, but on loving them and embracing them. While, like Mary at His empty tomb, I have wept at what seemed like the separation of myself from my Savior, at his apparent departure, I know that in reality He has always been there waiting on me and helping me find sanctification in times of deep sadness and loneliness. He is the constant presence in my life, and while I have not seen, I believe. I know He is there, I know that He rose, and I pray that, like Mary, I would know Him with just one spoken word. He is my Lord, and I have felt His comfort and grace when I have asked and often when I haven't. There is little I know for myself in this world, but I do know of His constancy in my life. He will never leave me, and His resurrection teaches me that I can find peace and empowerment in this. Because of Him, I am.
I hope that all of you have a beautiful Sabbath day, and that, even if you do not believe in His divinity, you can learn of the possibilities of new beginnings, of rising above oneself and the world, and of happiness that comes through choosing a higher way of living from Jesus' life.
"With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)