New Life

by | Apr 8, 2024

Since the Easter season runs until Pentecost, there’s plenty of time to offer Easter greetings, even if Spring hasn’t quite taken hold.  We grumble a bit, wondering if Spring will ever come. There are precious few signs of it, and instead, we have found ourselves shoveling snow.  It seems like the “winter that wasn’t” is not yet willing to call it quits, but I have faith that the buds that I see on trees will indeed unfurl in a few weeks and my daffodils, crocus and tulips will spring forth from the ground.

When we celebrate Easter, I often find myself thinking about the apostles and loved ones of Jesus on that Holy Saturday between the crucifixion and the resurrection.  Jesus had told them he would rise, but none of them could grasp what that meant and they had no tangible proof. They were in a limbo of time when the resurrection hadn’t yet occurred.  All they knew on Saturday is that Jesus had died a tragic death and was gone.   They must have been like us when we face the loss of a loved one.  Death leaves us reeling.  Time should stand still. We can scarcely grasp the impact of our loss.  The apostles couldn’t either.  And they certainly could never have imagined what Easter morning would bring with the resurrection of Jesus.  No one had ever experienced such a thing!

Neither have we.  We are the ones left behind after death.   As Christians, we believe in the promise of new life, but sometimes we’re like Thomas who doubted that the crucified Jesus had really and truly risen from the dead.  We believe in eternal life, but we have no idea what it must be like for our loved ones.   We read about near-death experiences and hunger for glimpses of what will be.  Can we trust in that new life of eternity with God?

Scripture promises us that “whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)  We can’t grasp yet what eternal life will be or what our loved ones may be experiencing beyond this life.  We’re not unlike the apostles on Saturday.  But just like we trust that Spring will come, we can have faith in the new life promised to us and to those who have gone before us.