What a surprise this must have been! A stone rolled away and Jesus the Christ risen. This was not what they expected! Surely if we are beaten down, ridiculed and, crucified at the hands of those in power; we are incapable of turning the tables – incapable of rising. But Jesus shows this is not the case! Despite your personal beliefs, despite whether you wholeheartedly believe this story, to be an infallible truth or simply cannot wrap your mind around it, in its entirety… what is available, what is within our reach is: RISE! Rise and take your place. Rise to your life, make of it what you need. Don’t let others take your joy away. Don’t let others tell you what you can and cannot have. Don’t let the world limit your dreams. You are enough. You have what it takes. You too shall overcome. Step into the abundance of life; it is here waiting for you – Jesus lives.
Inspired by Marcus Borg’s, Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary, Rob Bell’s, Love Wins and reinforced by the teachings provided by First Christian Church’s Pastor Dr. Russell Peterman. Thank you to all for your inspiration, your wisdom, your leadership.