A Time to Reflect

by Bob Bradley

(Easter message, 2010)

As you know, the liturgical churches observe Lent, which is a season of special services and focused reflection upon Jesus and the meaning of his death. There is a lot to be said for this kind of discipline. Although many churchgoers who engage in these activities do so with very little insight, there are those who find the Lenten season very meaningful and helpful to their spiritual growth.

I want to call you to serious reflection upon our Lord, in his suffering and in his resurrection. Use your imagination to take the walk to Emmaus with Cleopas and his companion. Feel the drama of the bread dropping to the table from Jesusí hand as he disappears. Imagine what it must have been like to be in that upper room listening to Cleopas and his friend. They insisted to the disciples that they had just had a long talk with Jesus ‐ and suddenly they became aware that another person had entered the room — and not through the door!

We need to remember that these things are true. Jesus stayed with them for 40 days and gave them multiple proofs that he was physically, substantially real. It took some of the disciples weeks to grasp the fact that Jesus really was risen from the dead in a wonderful new body that could materialize and dematerialize at will. To really believe in the resurrection is a major part of the new birth. It is an implicit part of the faith which grasps the fact that the atonement is for us — even for me!

Easter week is so busy for most of us that it is difficult to make time for meditation. But I urge you to do so. Talk to the Lord and ask him to become more real to your heart. Ask him to give you a heart to pursue a deeper relationship with him.

Your fellow disciple,

Pastor Bob
 
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