What does the resurrection of Jesus and Easter mean to you?
There are many different perspectives and images about Jesus and the Easter experience, and about Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Regardless of our own personal views, what is fundamentally important is that they lead us to something greater.
That we are led into a deeper relationship with God and a journey of personal transformation.
The Resurrection of Jesus
Jesus’ resurrection is not just an event that we should commemorate once a year at Easter. It is something that we should embody and emulate every day of the year. The Easter experience is not just something to worship and study, but something to follow and express in every aspect of our lives.
A resurrection is really a renewing, not just in a physical sense, but in a mental and spiritual sense, as well.
It is the process of transformation and awakening, of seeing our lives and our relationship with God in a whole new way.
Forgive, let go and live life in a more positive, hopeful way.
Scripture tells us that we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds:
How often do we say things like, “I’m only human”?
We think of ourselves as only physical, intellectual or emotional beings.
But the true root and core of who we are is Spirit.
We are spiritual beings created in the image of God. That creative divine energy out of which all things come.
Too often we think so much less of ourselves than we really are. We are quick to believe that God’s Spirit was in Jesus, Moses and other Biblical figures and master teachers. Yet we find it difficult to conceive that the Spirit of God is within us, as well!
The Kingdom of God is Within You
Jesus was always trying to pull people away from worshiping him and shift their focus, instead, onto the Spirit that was expressing through him.
He said, “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14:10)
He encouraged people to turn inward and see that same Spirit within themselves, and to express more of it through their words and actions.
Jesus knew that the same Spirit he expressed in such perfection resides in potential within all of us.
We all have access to the very same Spirit of God that embodied Jesus.
Jesus was powerful because he lived every moment from the belief that the Spirit of God was within him, and he turned to that Spirit in all times and all situations.
If we want our lives to be transformed by the resurrection of Jesus and the Easter experience, we must choose to step into that same belief, and ground ourselves fully in that truth.
With God, all things are possible.
You have the spirit, resources, belief and attitude to bring it forth in an amazing and wonderful way!
Whatever our beliefs about the Easter experience, one of the greatest ways to pay homage to Jesus, and show our love and appreciation for his great demonstrations, is to embody his example in our own lives.
Let this Easter lead you to a deeper personal experience with God, and into a journey of personal transformation through which you can connect to the full Spirit and truth of God within you. God bless you!
Rev. Richard Maraj
Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center