Continuing our alphabetical journey at Easter
T – Transformation. We see in our United Methodist Mission Statement, “The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” To transform means to change shape or form, from one way of being into another. Today, I saw purple crocuses up and blooming. The crocuses have transformed themselves from bulb to flower, and their blooms have transformed a barren, wintery spot into a reminder of spring and warmer weather.
The event we know as Easter is a transforming event. The resurrection of Jesus redefined how people of faith think of death. Our physical death is no longer the end of us. We have the promise that we shall be transformed — changed — in ways we do not understand, into something more perfect, more able to praise God, and more fitting for eternity. Because Jesus lives and loves, so shall we.
Clues in nature point to transformation. Look at the secular symbols and images this time of year — eggs transform into chicks, and spring blooms have transformed from dried up bulbs. Our wardrobes transform from dark, heavy clothing to more colorful, lighter-weight garments.Why would God’s children, the finest of Creation, be any less transformed? Eternal death has been transformed to eternal life. And so, we celebrate!
Most of us, as individuals, will not be able to transform the world. However, with otherChristians and with the power of the Holy Spirit, we can transform somebody’s life from despair to hope.
The good news of God’s grace, freely given, undeserved and unearned, certainly has the power to transform lives and instill hope. When we share the good news of Jesus, pray and act in holiness, we have the power to transform neighborhoods into better communities, schools into centers of safety, and churches into beacons of joy.
Easter and transformation go hand in hand. May we all be open to God’s transforming Spirit working in our lives and in the lives of those around us.
May your Easter season be blessed, Pastor Edrye