1 Corinthians 15:6: “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”
Thinking about what to say, write, or preach in Easter season during this Pandemic feels a bit like figuring out what to say at a funeral. On the one hand, funerals are always “Easter celebrations” in the Church - and we are filled with a sense of triumph, hope, and gratitude- death has been conquered in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In fact, death itself has been destroyed in the light of eternity with God. On the other hand, we are in grief – there is a real loss to be reckoned with in the here and now. It is a challenging balance that we must walk...but I feel certain that we must embrace Easter even in this challenging moment.
And so – I must say it: Even in the midst of death – we can be filled with the hope right now. The God who destroyed death through the cross is with us and is working now on our behalf – that enemy of death is never going to get the final word...tragic as it is in the moment...because, HE IS RISEN.
Be well. This too shall pass. In the meantime, we pray.