April 12, 2021
“Do you swear to tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”
These are words we associate with someone being a witness, as in a courtroom drama. To be a witness is to recount what one saw, heard, and experienced. Many become witnesses by accident, being in a place where something happens that ends up in court. We are called to be witnesses to the risen Christ. This is not by accident, nor only because of our doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, but most importantly it comes from our own experience of resurrection and new life, our own intimate and personal sharing in the grace of the resurrection that is ours here and now. Easter and resurrection are not only about a day on the calendar, or a season, it is a reality of each day that we live in union with Christ. His resurrection has brought about the grace for our ‘resurrection’. We have witnessed the resurrection of Jesus each time we have a change of heart, each time we forgive or are forgiven, each time hope shines through fear or sadness, each time a second chance comes along. Are we not witnesses to these realities, and many more like them? So … take the stand each day, and swear “to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth”, about your sharing in the resurrection of Jesus, the Risen Lord.