Easter: A Reality Bigger Than One Sunday A Year

I catch glimpses of the Kingdom. Not the Magical Kingdom where Mickey Mouse reigns supreme, but the heavenly one that Jesus talks about. Cinderella’s Castle has nothing on the transparent streets of gold and pearly gates revealed to John in the book of Revelation, but nonetheless, Disney World is a solid representation of hope for our heavenly home.

Every time our three-year-old sees the classic Disney castle logo in her favorite Princess movies, she reminds us of our promise to her and we say, “Yes, we will take you to Disney World when you turn five,” before she can finish her well-practiced request.

She’s never seen Disney World, but she believes it’s there.

And she longs for it. 

She reminds us of our promise to her with unwavering faith.

I have to think—do I yearn for the heavenly Kingdom like this? Do I daydream about God’s promise to usher us into a face-to-face meeting with Jesus? No. I do the laundry. I put away the groceries before the frozen fish thaws and Ellie has a hanger melt-down. I send out reminders for upcoming events to sell essential oils, but, Oh Lord—do I ever grab my friends by the shoulders and proclaim, “We get to go to the Kingdom soon! Can you believe it?!”

Do I convey the urgency of the gospel with the same zeal I use to convince college students that they just have to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie?

Don’t I want to spend forever with them laughing in the wonderful place that out-rivals any stretch of the Hollywood imagination?

Yes! Jesus, remind us of your Kingdom come.

Remind us that when life’s emergencies seem urgent, your eternal plan is what matters.

We don’t need a logo, a wish upon a star, or a magic spell to remember the Kingdom.

We need Him.

We need His words:

“...knowing that the One who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in His presence.” 2 Corinthians 4:14

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’" Revelation 21:3-4

“...And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” Matthew 28:20

Easter only comes once a year, but the Spirit never ceases to speak the victory over our souls: “Jesus rose!”

This proclamation outmatches any tired tagalong response to our deep concerns. Have you ever heard people relate a relatively flat story and follow up with, “and then I found five dollars”? What a let-down. Sure, five dollars would be nice, but we are promised a Kingdom made of precious jewels, given access to eternity by a King who loved us so much that He paid for our entrance with His life. And as He overcame death, by His power we will overcome life. 

When your friend won’t return your text: Jesus rose!

When you can’t get pregnant: Jesus rose!

When the days are too long to bear: Jesus rose!

Jesus rose.

We might not know when Jesus is coming back, but He will come. There is an end date. We can take consolation that He is with us now, and the future is good. 

The next time Ellie gives us her line about Disney World, I’ll be reminded of the Kingdom that is to come.  “Yes, we will go,” I’ll tell her, “one day, we will see the Kingdom.”

 

Written by Kasey Shuler

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