March 31, 2013

He is Risen!

"On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men  in clothes that gleamed like lightening stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again." Then they remembered his words." ~Luke 24:1-8

When we lived in Ireland one of the people we spent the most time with was our friend, Tom. Tom is an atheist (which is important for the rest of this story to make sense). One weekend we spent with Tom at his parents house, it was a lovely get away from our normal lives. I'll never forget a conversation that took place one morning. We were all gathered around the breakfast table (it was Adam, and also a man named Il-Seung (who was a Christian and doing some post-doctoral work at the institute as well), myself, Tom, and his mother). Tom's mother is a Catholic (also important to understand this story).Tom's mother was talking about how she believed what the Bible said but had a hard time believing in the resurrection of Jesus. I think her exact words were "but I believe in all the other bits" (or something cute and Irish to that affect). Obviously the Christians in the room thought this was kinda funny and clearly problematic and I think we chuckled a bit but then Tom (who doesn't believe that Jesus was who he said he was) points out the obvious and says "Mom, you can't exactly have the "other bits" without that bit." DING DING DING!! At this we all gave a louder chuckle b/c even the atheist in the room recognizes how futile our faith is without the resurrection. If Jesus didn't rise from the dead then our faith is worthless, the "other bits" don't matter...at all. (Please hear me, I'm not mocking Tom or his mom in any way. We all found this whole conversation amusing and all got a good laugh out of it, and Tom's mom said something like "oh, you guys!!!"). There was a vast array of beliefs in the room that morning, we all love and respect each other and I want this story to come across the way it was intended. The real point being: if Jesus didn't rise from the dead then our faith is futile, but because he did, and he is alive we have hope in what's to come. For the Christian Easter morning is the crux of our faith and a joyous day to celebrate! I wish you all a lovely day in celebrating the risen Lord!! Happy Easter, all!! xo

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

And I hope you, Adam and B had a wonderful Easter Celebration too! Loved your post!

Love,
Kemi

Robin said...

Molly, I love your story and your heart.... and I love Jesus even more! The fact that He is risen is so amazing..... our lives can never be the same.

Anonymous said...

He is risen indeed! (love the story)
XXOO
Mom

Anonymous said...

You have a way with words....love it.

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