Happy Easter – March 31, 2013
One of my favorite musicals is Fiddler on the Roof. It just seems to capture the spirit of the ongoing struggle in a family regarding tradition and change. I enjoy every song, but one of the most enjoyable songs for me is the engagement celebration song and accompanying dance by Tevye and Lazer Wolfe the butcher, “To Life, To Life, L’Chaim.” And yet, the excitement of this song and dance is but a shadow of the excitement generated when considering the Life that we commemorate and celebrate this Good Friday and Easter weekend.
A quick word search of my Bible shows that the word life appears 409 times over the two testaments. Much can be learned from all these references to life, but I will note just seven here:
From Genesis we learn that life is a gift from God: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
From Deuteronomy we learn life is a choice: “I (God) call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou may love the LORD thy God, and that thou may obey his voice, and that thou may cleave unto him: for he is thy life.
From Proverbs we learn the principle that obedience to the Words of God bring not only wisdom, but generally result in a long life: “Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.”
From the Gospel of John we learn that Jesus Christ is life: “In him (Jesus Christ) was life; and the life was the light of men.”
From the Gospel of Matthew we learn that Jesus Christ gave His life to pay the ransom for many: “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
And from the witness of Paul the Apostle we learn that the Old Testament Scriptures foretold of the coming of the Life, the giving of the Life on the cross, and the raising of the Life from the dead: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Let us together celebrate the resurrection of The Everlasting Life:
To Life, To Life, L’Chaim