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After Easter: routine or renewal?

Columnist Robert Hayes Jr. urges people to live out the new hope of Easter instead of returning to their normal routine.
BY ROBERT HAYES JR. Published: May 5, 2012

The Easter lilies that adorned the altars and pulpits of our decorated sanctuaries have been removed. The soaring special music is only memory. The people whose presence swelled worship attendance in our churches on Easter may have returned to what they were doing the week before Easter. Yes, some have returned to their routine.

My response to that is: How tragic!

The message of Easter 2012 proclaims to us again that we cannot return to what we once were. Jesus refused then to let His disciples fall back into anonymity, and His message for us now is still the same. There is no going back to normal.

Because of that first Easter, Christians today cannot act as though nothing happened.

Travel back in time with me to the days after that first Easter. Pilate was still the governor of Judea, Caiaphas was still the high priest, and the Scribes and Pharisees still held the reins of religious life.

The events of Good Friday and Easter morning seemed only a momentary disruption. For most people, a newfound prophet had come — and gone.

As for the disciples, early reports that Jesus was not in the tomb drove them into further isolation. If they could just hide out for a few days, they thought, everything would go back to what it once was. They would return to fishing, and in time they would be forgotten.

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