I saw a cartoon drawing of the women returning from the empty tomb asking each other if they’d kept the receipt for the spices they’d just bought. I thought it was funny and very practical. There aren’t many jokes about resurrection other than the one about if it lasts more than four hours you need to call the doctor, but there are plenty of jokes about Easter eggs and Easter bunnies. Perhaps there are more jokes about bunnies and eggs because of our familiarity with them. Part of what makes a joke funny is its connection to our everyday experiences. The strange thing about resurrection is that we live in it now and it actually is part of our everyday life, but we don’t seem to interact with it in the same way that we connect to other things in our lives.

What would change if we were more intentional about interacting with the thought of resurrection? Besides having better resurrection jokes, it might change the way we distinguish between now and eternity. How could we take a more intentional approach to interacting with the thought of resurrection in our daily lives? What if our alarm clock buzzers were replaced with the announcement, “Christ the Lord is risen, it’s time for you to rise too.” What if the, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear” warning was replaced with “Eternal life is closer than it appears.”? What if General Electric replaced their slogan with “We bring good things to eternal life.”? What if Debbie Boone sang, “You light up my eternal life.”? Okay, maybe we don’t need that one. I have a friend who after a few beers, he’s the eternal life of the party. See the jokes are better already.

Let’s not save our thoughts about resurrection until next Easter. Eternal life is now, let’s find creative ways to make it part of everyday life.

Blessings,
Mike