The Hope of Resurrection

By Dr. Greg Davis, Senior Pastor

A dear friend of mine loved to visit her granny. Especially on Easter.  The aroma of her cooking would greet Susan when she entered the kitchen: ham, creamed corn, collard greens and hopefully corn bread.  Susan always prayed for corn bread because the one thing her granny could not cook was biscuits. Granny did not believe in baking soda or baking powder. When she pulled those biscuits out of the oven, they looked like brown shot-puts. Susan’s uncle joked that if you dropped those biscuits on the floor, they would wake the dead. Thus their nickname: resurrection biscuits.

Every Easter Susan remembers her beloved granny and those resurrection biscuits. She told me she thought her granny’s biscuits contained an important Easter message.  Without baking powder--without that key ingredient--those biscuits became heavy and flat. So, too, life without the resurrection, life without Christ, can be heavy and flat.

For everyone out there who feels that their dreams are broken, their hopes dashed, their spirits is the good news of Easter morning: The risen Christ can take our flat, heavy hearts and put back that key ingredient... that our spirits are not stuck on the ground, that our spirits are not dictated by human pain or loss or disappointment, that our spirits are not mired in a tomb.

Easter brings each of us a second chance. A chance to see the life force in our midst. A chance to recognize the risen Christ right in front of us. A chance to start again.

Happy Easter, everybody!