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Living the Resurrection: Laughing with God

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. I Corinthians 1: 21, 25

It’s a rare coincidence of the calendar this year that Easter falls on April Fool’s Day. This last occurred in 1956. The next such coincidence is in 2029, and then again in 2040—but after that, not again in this century. April Fools’ Day is not significant in the Christian faith but what a perfect opportunity to share a laugh with God. 

Imagine how the women who encountered the risen Jesus rushed to tell the fearful and grieving disciples. The women shout out the good news, “He’s alive!” The disciples, in disbelief, could have just as well said, “Yeah, yeah, April Fools!”  

Imagine too the reaction of those in power at the time of the crucifixion. United Methodist clergy, Taylor Burton-Edwards wrote, “They thought once Jesus was dead, he would be out of their way, things would go back to normal and they would continue to reign forever. The joke was on them. They may have been used as the instrument of death for Jesus, but they couldn’t make him stay dead!”

Resurrection is not a joke. It’s funnier than that; it’s the truth. With Jesus’ resurrection, God has the last laugh over death and suffering. Every Easter really is April Fools’ Day. For three days, the whole world thought that hope and love were dead. But God came back to say, “Surprise!”

We who choose to work at Presbyterian Homes & Services are in on the joke. It’s funny; we’ve heard that we can take our talent and experience to work for more money, more prestige or an easier workload. But instead, we have responded to a deeper calling, often born out of faith, to work for an organization with a mission that gives our life meaning. We believe this honors God and makes a positive difference in the lives of others. Our sense of value may be considered “foolish” by some, but we hear the Apostle Paul’s affirmation in I Corinthians  that God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom. When our work creates smiles in the eyes of those we serve, we’re also serving the risen Christ and laughing with God.

On the day of Resurrection, God invites us to laugh deeply at all which seeks to diminish us because we choose a life of faith and calling. May this Easter/April Fools Day be one you never forget!

Read other posts in the Holy Week blog series:
Palm Sunday and the Procession of Honor
Maundy Thursday and Jesus’ mandate, “Love one another”
Kind Regards: a holy and God-inspired calling on this Good Friday


 

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