I’m not so sure that I need the resurrection as that I need the God that only the resurrection reveals. What the resurrection shows us is not so much how like God Jesus is, as how like Jesus God is. The basic affirmation of Easter (“Christ is Risen”) means that if you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. So all of our frantic attempts to silence the truth are forgiven by the very truth we’ve stamped out. It means God loves us so much that not even our killing him will keep him from reconciling us.
Jim Ward serves as Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)