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March 31, 2014, 7:32 PM

Why Easter?

Why Easter?

My Father was a choir director, band director, and trumpet player while I grew up and one of my best memories of Easter is of him playing trumpet in the First Presbyterian Church of Newton NJ as the amazing baritone Joe Mello sang from Handel’s Messiah – “The Trumpet Shall Sound, and the Dead shall be Raised!”

It’s an amazing piece, beautiful music, astounding lyrics, but I’m sure I hadn’t realized the full impact of it.  I think as Christians we don’t many times realize the full impact of this promise – that the dead shall be raised, incorruptible!  That we shall be changed!  That we will become immortal – live forever!

Many times we don’t live like we understand this promise.   We go to funerals and the message is “Hector led a good life (for the most part) and who knows, maybe he’s up there pushing around the clouds,… ah, em…..it could happen I suppose….”    All this when we have this promise of a Fanfare – built upon the manifestation of a Victory!   The empty tomb on Easter morning points towards a glorious finale when God will put things to rights – no more crying, no more pain – he will be our God, we will be His people.    Even more wonderful is that we’ve been commissioned to enter into the process for bringing this about through transforming our world into the New Creation in the name of Jesus!

N. T. Wright wrote a wonderful book called “Surprised by Hope” where he takes the church to task for not embracing the reality of Jesus’ resurrection, the promise this victory provides of our own resurrection, and the challenge it gives us to enter into the transformation of our world to bring about heaven on earth now!   If you are looking for a great book to celebrate and understand Easter I highly recommend it. 

Or perhaps we might listen to, contemplate and pray Handel’s piece:  Only 30 words of lyrics in 8 minutes of song, as if Handel knew he had to speak slowly so we could understand:

“The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.   For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 

Why Easter? 

Because of Easter the Trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible! 

Because of Easter we shall be changed, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye! 

Because of Easter the corruptible becomes incorruptible, and the mortal immortal! 

That’s what I want to hear at my funeral – and yes, I will be listening!  Unless of course He comes back first!  Either way – make sure you bring your trumpet (or better yet – your trombone! )

Happy Easter!

-Scott+

 

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