I hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter. I had a sunrise service this morning in the church I made on my property called “The Church of the Heavenly Light of Jesus Christ”, where I celebrate the dual nature of Christ as both our human Savior and the consciousness of the sun, our star. I usually don’t get up that early, and last night I had a dream in which I got up to watch the sunrise and there was a beautiful rainbow in my dream. I saw an article recently that said that people who watch the sunrise are more likely to have a good day, and my dream seemed to say to me that there really is something special about watching the light from our star break over the horizon.
Today is the day we celebrate the return to life of Jesus in his human incarnation, after his execution for sedition. It is the day that marks the miracle of his reincarnation, the catalyst for the birth of Christianity, when his disciples had their belief in him as the Son of God confirmed. This is what cemented their commitment to preach the word of Christianity all over the world, and why it is the largest faith in the world today.
I was saddened today when I turned on the news and saw the story of the bombings in Sri Lanka. Christian churches were targeted intentionally on this very holy day. It made me sad to think that someone’s conception of God includes violence and death like this, especially since Christ’s life was a testament to love and compassion and mercy. I am go grateful to live somewhere there is freedom of speech and worship, for the most part, and I don’t have to live in the kind of fear that many Christians do in places where they are under siege by government or other forces.
Christ’s compassion even extends to those who would call him their enemy. In Matthew 5, verses 38 through 42, he says, “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.”
These verses are a testimony to the inconceivable depth of Christ’s mercy and compassion for all of us, something that human beings can only attempt to emulate. He knows the backstory of everyone’s life, and why each person behaves the way that they do. He loves all of us despite our mistakes, and he wants his followers to love others the way that he does. It was his love for us that allowed him to walk valiantly through his life, to his fateful moment of death, and to resurrect despite what humans had done to him. By this act he showed us a love that we need to continually strive to approach, even though most of us, including me, fall far short most of the time. Just having the example of the incredible bravery and tenacity that he showed in order to complete his mission of bringing to earth the Good News of Salvation through repentance and forgiveness of sin helps us to reach further than we would otherwise, and extend ourselves in the direction of love toward others even in the most dire circumstances.
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