Happy Resurrection Day!
My very first car in the whole wide world was a used 1975 Chevy Vega. It was VERY bright green and I named it “Easter.” I bought specialized license plates that read something like “RZRCTD” which no one was able to figure out…lol. I wish I had a good picture of it.
I loved that car even though it had an aluminum engine. I lovingly referred to it as a “2% car” because by the 80s, I guessed that only about 2% of the Vegas that were originally built were actually still on the roads. Did I mention they were horribly made? I got a great deal on one (shocking, no?) and since my parents required that I earn enough money to buy my own car before going to college – A cheap car is just what I needed.
I loved Easter because she was easy to pick out in a parking lot… It was hilarious because everywhere I’d go, I’d have someone looking around to find me because they saw my car parked outside. It was also a pretty safe car to own since I knew if it was parked next to any other car – that a car thief would ALWAYS choose to steal the other car…lol.
I have great memories of celebrating Easter throughout my life. I’ve always loved going to sunrise services… I love being in choirs and singing some of the great Easter songs. I love all of the flowers. I love getting a new outfit for Easter Sunday. I love Sunday brunches… Easter egg hunts… However, at one point in my life, I knew that before I could actually celebrate Easter in its entirety, I had to come to grips with the meaning behind the events of the day.
Easter Sunday is the day when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus which is central to the Christian faith. For me, I had to come to terms with who Jesus is… Is He a liar, a lunatic, Lord, or perhaps something else altogether? I knew He really couldn’t be just a nice, moral teacher – because nice, moral teachers do not lie to their students. He was either who He said He was… or not.
Oh, I know, I know – Some theologians don’t believe that Jesus ever actually declared himself to be “Divine” in so many words and therefore can’t be “Lord”… But this confuses me… So, like… Why was He put to death in the first place, then? I guess I always thought He was put to death because of blasphemy – or claiming to be God. But then… what do I know? I knew I needed to figure this out for myself… For the sake of my faith…
I was so curious about it that a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… I wrote a paper about the resurrection and the theories surrounding it – both from Christian and non-Christian perspectives. One of the things that stuck out for me is the theory that after Jesus died, the disciples purposefully hid the body somewhere. Somehow, the entire resurrection was supposed to be just an elaborately staged sequence of scenes from a real-life play that Jesus knowingly fulfilled. Therefore, the resurrection never really happened… Really?
While it’s true that Jesus knew the Old Testament well, and certainly He knew the particulars about the Messiah’s death, but there were so many specific things that had to happen perfectly for which He would have had absolutely no control over – It really boggles the mind. At the very least, He would have needed major help to pull off the hoax. Who better to ask to help than his closest friends – the disciples.
His disciples were eye witnesses to all of the events of the resurrection. The thing is that there’s lots of documentation that after Jesus died, that almost all of His disciples majorly suffered for their faith and many were martyred. What has always struck me is that if the disciples HAD just hidden the body – then the resurrection was nothing more than a hoax and they were in fact, perpetuating a big, fat lie.
Oh, I know there are lots of people who die believing in something they think with all their hearts to be the truth when in actuality it turns out to be a big, fat lie. However, I would submit that not many people, if any, would purposefully die for something they know, in fact, to be a big, fat lie. I dunno… It’s something to think about.
Another thing that struck me is that the New Testament was written while hundreds of people in the region were still alive and could have effortlessly disputed the events recorded about Resurrection Sunday if what was written was untrue. In fact, it was absolutely in the best interests of those in authority who put Him to death in the first place, to discredit the resurrection and reveal that it was nothing but a mere hoax. But that just never happened.
I know many of us hate what “Christians” are doing in our world today. Many of us have been deeply damaged by hypocritical “judgy eyes.” I can’t disagree. For one thing, our atrocious treating of the gay community as a whole is just crazy to me. It’s abhorrent. Homosexuality was such a pivotal issue that Jesus spoke about it exactly never. Without getting into a whole cultural and semantic context thingie regarding the Old Testament… Let me just say this…
Fortunately, so many in the gay community finally feel safe enough to proudly come “out of” the closet. But how is it POSSIBLY okay that people had to hide themselves in a closet in the first place? We’re royally screwing up, you guys. I look at my wonderful gay friends who can’t help but hate the Church because of our outlandish treatment of them throughout the years. It crushes me but I have no great answer for them. I hate us, too, for it…
But I’ve also learned that Christians are really screwed up in many ways… That too often we’re not an accurate reflection of the love of God. We fail miserably. Forgiveness is needed. Easter is needed.
I know that many of you likely disagree with my perspectives on this particular subject… but I wanted to write about it because it’s important to me. Please know that everyone’s perspectives are always welcome.
Honestly, this Easter, I really just want to celebrate life. I am thankful for life. I am thankful for Easter.
Happy Resurrection Day!
Here are some other Easter-related things that make me smile…
That last one reminded me of this video I just saw yesterday that I couldn’t resist including… even though it’s not really Easter-themed – But it IS panda themed…lol… I like to sing “Splish Splash” when I watch it… lol…