by Rev. Dr. Daniel C. Wilburn
Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!
Why do we continue to look for Jesus amongst the graves of our dead ideas? … the dead idea of war, where military violence is suppose to bring peace; the dead idea where Christian moralism replaces sitting at the feet of Jesus; where terrorists replace prophets; where busyness replaces significance; where consumption replaces contentment?
Jesus shows us what it takes to have peace: go and be with your enemy; how to pray – come together for daily worship and scripture contemplation; be the bold voice of truth! rest, re-create and wrestle in solitude with the Author of Life; and store up treasures in heaven.
When British missionary Bishop Lesslie Newbigin was once asked when reflecting on the future, ‘are you an optimist or a pessimist?’ he answered: “Neither. Christ has risen from the dead!”
If Jesus is risen then all things are possible. If he has not risen then all we have is religion.