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God can make it right

April 11, 2009
By The Rev. Fred Bird, Serving Episcopal Congregations in Elkins and Grafton

Easter is the most important celebration in the Christian faith. Christmas and all the other feast days are wonderful, but nothing compares to Easter. Easter is the Christian festival that celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Resurrection reminds us that God can make it right. God can fix what is broken, raise up what is cast down, renew what is old and make perfect what has been destroyed.

Many times, in the Old Testament and the New Testament, we read that God has fixed what humans cannot. God has restored his people from exile many times throughout history. God can deliver us from cruelty, oppression and abuse suffered at the hands of our fellow human beings. God can move us from despair and hopelessness to joy and contentment. God can make it right.

Easter cannot be truly understood or appreciated without knowledge of the days that came before. This week, that has come to be called Holy Week, begins with the fading triumph of Palm Sunday. It continues with Jesus' passionate cleansing of the temple in Jerusalem, carries through with the night of the Last Supper and leads into Jesus' arrest, trial, torture and Crucifixion. And, God made that right. From the brokenness and death of that week, God raises us as God raised Jesus to a fuller and more abundant life.

God can make anything right, even the Cross. The Cross that had been a horrible, cruel and ugly instrument of death became a symbol of beauty, hope and salvation. Through Baptism, God can make us right. In Baptism, we are buried with Christ in his death, and we are raised to the new life of faith. We are not just raised to new life. We are raised to eternal life. Remember, God can make it right.

Nothing is so low, nothing is so drastic, nothing is so hopeless, and no death is so final that it cannot be brought to life through the resurrecting power of God. God can make it right.

God did not raise Jesus from the dead because we are perfect or likely to become perfect in this life. God raised Jesus from the dead as an act of love for us. The Resurrection is God's ultimate gift of love to humankind. Despite our selfishness, arrogance, cruelty to others and love of this world, God loves each of us beyond anything we can understand or imagine.

Enjoy this special holiday of Easter. Cherish the time you spend with family and friends. Even if it is the only time you attend church, go on Easter day. Easter is a time to nurture the faith that is in us.

None of us is perfect. We are all sinners. Our faith is far from perfect. Remember, God loves us so much that he gave his only Son to die for our sins, our shortcomings and our mistakes. God can make it right.

Christ is risen. Be glad. Wipe away your tears, and then go tell the world the good news.

(The opinions of this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Inter-Mountain, the Randolph County Ministerial Association or the author's church affiliation.)



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