Easter is the day that changed history.
“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (I Corinthians 15:14).
The New Testament records for us ten appearances of the Risen Christ. What is most striking are the ordinary day-to-day circumstances of these post-resurrection encounters.
The risen Christ appeared to a group having a meal behind closed doors, two men along a road, a woman weeping in a garden and some fishermen catching nothing in a lake.
One might expect Him to dazzle the crowd that earlier shouted, “Crucify Him!” Or swaggered into the synagogue or Pilate’s court like Arnold Schwarzenegger saying, “I’m back!”
But Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances were hardly showy or sensational. He only visited individuals who followed Him and select groups of people to bolster their faith. There were no reports of His appearance to unbelievers.
The only spectacular miracle was the haul of 153 large fishes (John 21:11). It takes something like that to jolt those fishermen back to their calling when they first left their boats and nets to follow Jesus.
Over breakfast, the Risen Lord restored and reinstated Peter asking, “Do you love me?” three times, one for each occasion that Peter denied him. The Risen Lord also charged him three times, “Feed My lambs. Tend My sheep. Feed My sheep.”
The very ordinariness of these resurrection encounters changed those disciples in a very extraordinary way. Their lives were never the same again.
Just so is the ordinariness of our celebration this Easter.
In our Lent observance, fasting as individuals, praying at home and in small groups, at our holy week services, Jesus might just turn up.
Question is will you recognize Him? Will you be excited to sense Him saying, “Here am I, here am I” (Isaiah 65:1). Will you allow yourself to be challenged by the Risen Lord?
Let this Easter change everything for you.