This is Easter! It isn’t a myth—it isn’t just a hope: it’s our reality. Christ was dead, and Christ is now alive— and we will live forever! Isn’t that fantastic news?!
Well, it should be. But the question is—do we believe it? I mean, really believe it? Or do we have “lowgrade faith”? You know, it’s kind of like having a low-grade fever: we walk through our faith in a fog, half asleep, achy and tired. Maybe we caught the high-level “fever of faith” when we were kids; but then the newness wore off. Can we believe feverishly anymore?
Dr. Eben Alexander was a Christian “more in name than in actual belief” who had lost the fever. But then meningitis put him into a coma; and when he awakened he told a remarkable story of visiting heaven, seeing sights and hearing unimaginable music, even talking with others he knew to be dead. Suddenly he had the intense faith that he thought he had lost.
Maybe you doubt it even happened. But can’t we use his story to spark our own religious imagination about what lies after death? Eben learned “You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever; you have nothing to fear.” He’d been a skeptic who never believed in near-death experiences. But he experienced God and all creatures in a divine unity: “Everything was also a part of everything else, like the rich and intermingled designs on a Persian carpet, or a butterfly’s wing.”
We are much more than our brains and bodies. The miracle of Easter is what has made this possible. So let us rejoice, and be glad in it! And let’s get on with the journey!
Go in peace to love and serve our God!