He is Risen

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ugh, I'm so annoyed at myself for not writing about this right after Easter, when everything was so fresh. (Just a reminder of how happy I am that I wrote Aiden's birth story right after she was born. Most definitely wouldn't remember 99% of those details otherwise.)

Ok, so I was super excited about Easter this year. My first time really experiencing it for what it really  was - the resurrection of Jesus. The Garden of Gethsemane really got to me, and I couldn't wait to hear the rest of the story! Since we had to miss Good Friday service, I did go ahead and read that on my own.

On Sunday, we got all dressed up and headed to church! I knew it was going to be packed, but I didn't realize how much that was going to affect me. I was crammed next to the wall, and Adam kept brushing against me during worship. The whole time I was just so annoyed and I kept asking Jesus to let me be in the moment and stop worrying about all the outside disturbances. But I couldn't shake it. I was so annoyed! I kept thinking about how I had really hyped the Easter service up, and there was no way it could live up to my expectations. (Not a great start. Maybe I should have set up a meeting with David prior to Easter to ensure he tailored his Easter service to exactly what I wanted to hear.)

The actual sermon surrounded The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). It was great, but certainly not the "Easter Story" I was looking for. (Again, David. How dare your message not be ALL ABOUT ME?) Even though it wasn't what I was hoping for (there's no way anything could have held up to my expectations), I love how David didn't stray from his typical style just to please the masses (re: me).

However, before his sermon started David stopped the band between worship songs and briefly talked about how he knew it was crowded (get out of my head, David), but to try to really pay attention. Then he read out of Revelations 5, which describes the scene in Heaven when Jesus rose. Finalllly! The moment I was waiting for! A part of the Easter story I didn't know! It was so powerful to hear how Heaven reacted when Jesus made his way up there. You hear so many stories of the reactions on earth, but I honestly hadn't even thought about it from Heaven's perspective. After all, we always say "He is Risen", but it's rarely discussed what happens on that actual rise. It was beautiful. I loved it.

I still have much to learn about the Easter story, but I feel like this year was a great reminder that your walk with Jesus is never complete. As long as we keep looking for them, He will always have new lessons to teach us, new stories for us to hear, new perspectives.