There is a deep tradition of observing much more than one day of Resurrection. Even ten more than we get Passion days! It begins following Easter Sunday, with what some Christians call “Bright Week,” and continues through observances of Jesus’ ascension and Pentecost.
I come from a long line of believers that every Sunday is the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, and I am so grateful for that. I have found it a great blessing to also keep track of these seasons through the year, where Monday-Saturday are turned into special times of focus on different themes and practices of my faith.
The opportunity at this season is to be reminded that resurrection takes time to root in us. This central event is something we come back to every morning, ready to accept and follow the way that leads us from seed to blossom, the path that bore life through Jesus, the first-fruit from this tree. It is this central event that begins the new creation in each of our lives.
In this spirit, I’m grateful for past and present members of the Pepperdine community who will contribute to another series here, observing the responses to resurrection accounted in scripture, the moments of wonder, doubt, and restoration that lead all the way to the promises and commission of Jesus return to the Father and the arrival of the Spirit’s fire. Join us for these posts, April 10-May 24, 2012.
Matthew 28:1-10, the women at Jesus’ tomb
Luke 28:1-10, Peter “went away wondering”
Mark 16:1-8, “they were afraid”
Luke 24:13-35, the road to Emmaus
John 20:1-2,11-18 Mary in the garden
John 20:19-23, Jesus appears to
John 20:24-31, Jesus appears to Thomas
John 21:1-19, Jesus appears to the fishermen
John 21:15-19, restoring Peter
Luke 24:36-53, “stay until you are commissioned”
Acts 9:1-19, Paul on the Damascus road
Matthew 28:16-20, the “Great Commission”
Acts 1:1-11, the “Great Commission” (II)
Revelation 5:6-14, The lamb who was slain
Click here for the series so far. Join us in the comments with your reflections on practicing resurrection.