At 81, John Quincy Adams was walking down the path one day when a friend greeted him with, "and how is John Adams today?" Mr. Adams replied, "John Adams is very well, thank you. But the tenement he has inhabited these many years is in a sad state of disrepair. It sags in the corners, its roof leaks, and when the wind blows creaks and groans in every joint. I suspect that John Adams will soon be forced to seek other quarters. John Adams himself is very well, thank you." Perhaps in his lengthy reply John Adams understood and was referring to the apostle’s words, "for we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." (2Cor.5:1)
Many in the medical profession tell us there is much we can do to prolong and make life more energetic through taking care of our bodies (proper eating, exercise, rest, etc.). Still, in this life, we have on our hands a losing struggle with housing. Whether we have many or few years on earth our frail walls of flesh and blood eventually deteriorate one way or another.
But, yes, there is more! There is an eternal home. "For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality." (1 Cor. 15:53)
On Friday Jesus' body was buried. Death had come not only to Jesus but for the disciples the journey they had been on with him was viewed as over. But then came the first day of the week- Sunday. HE IS RISEN! Hope and purpose and meaning were restored to his followers. Yes, knowing there is eternal life does affect this life.
Each Sunday is a reminder of that first Easter. The first Easter and each one since shares the proclamation: "he is not here, for he is risen, just as he said..." We live in this life with the Good News God abides with us now and forever.
I look forward to seeing you Easter morning!