And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.” Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread. And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said.(Luke 24:33-36 NLT)
It’s Resurrection Day. The event we celebrate today is the difference-maker between dead religion and living faith. If he ain’t alive, neither are you. For this day, most of us will not be gathered as they were in Jerusalem. We will partake of services through electronic means. Thank God we have the tech to do that. Judy and I have enjoyed our little 2-person, 1 dog services with the feed from FCF Tucson. Special thanks and kudos to the worship team and to the Pastors Smith for going over and above. It’s been great. (You should consider thanking your pastor and the team that does it for you)
On the other hand, can we just get our faith in gear to see the soon return of human contact? Though some are saying that society and church will never be the same after the virus attack, I hope they are wrong. The pundits seem to believe we will never shake hands again, never sit next to others in public again, and certainly never hug strangers again. Well, phooey! Jesus laid hands on the leper, summoned the children to come to Him, responded to Bartimaeus’s cries with, “Tell him to come to me,” and told Jairus He would come over to his house to heal his servant. Jesus was an in-person guy, and Church is a group thing. Enjoy today, but when we get out of this, let’s get together and have a serious worship service. Be prepared, I may hug you. He is risen, you know!