The First Day (Rembert Truluck)
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The First Day
Rembert Truluck. Update for Easter 2002
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"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the
earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of
the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said: Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw
the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the
darkness. And God called the light Day, and called the darkness
Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."
God gave light to make everything else possible. Without light,
can be no beauty, truth, life or love. What does the creation say to
On the first day of the week, the disciples went to the tomb of Jesus
and found it empty. One of the women, Mary, lingered there and met
Jesus face to face. She did not recognize Jesus at first until Jesus
called her name and thereby opened her vision to who was really
standing before her. She had thought that Jesus was the gardener who
had taken the body away. Jesus from the beginning was known only by
those to whom Jesus revealed himself because they were receptive to
the truth and to the radical revision of reality that Jesus
What does the resurrection of Jesus say to you?
You do not encounter Jesus in paintings and statues, which are merely
somebody's imaginary picture of Jesus. You encounter the real Jesus
in spiritual events in which Jesus reveals the truth and opens your
mind to your own truth and to Jesus all in the same moment. The
Spirit of Jesus also gives you insight into why other people in your
life are there. An encounter with Jesus truly is the first day of
the rest of your life.
For disciples of Jesus, every "first day of the week" (Sunday) is a
celebration both of the creation of light and the resurrection of
Jesus that brings the eternal inner light of love, life and hope.
THE HIDDEN BRILLIANCE
Life is not made up of chance happenings and vague uncertain
coincidences. The Spirit of God is in everything that is happening
you and around you. The resurrection of Jesus as told at the
conclusion of each of the Four Gospels draws back the veil and
reveals the brilliance of God's living presence that lies back of
everything all the time but is seldom recognized or even suspected.
God is already at work in your life far beyond your wildest
imagination. It is not just that "every common bush is afire with
God," but that you also are afire with God's power and presence at
this very moment!
The resurrection of Jesus is essential to the story of Jesus, because
the resurrection is the event that changes completely how you see
yourself and your own significance in the universe and in the life of
God. The meaning of the resurrection is not in the cold hard fact of
an empty tomb but in the mystical experience of each individual who
experiences the reality of God's presence and glory within. Through
the resurrection of Jesus, God calls you by your name and you are
included in the life of the Creator who made and sustains all life.
Are you listening?
THE COLD HARD FACTS
The ultimate triumph of the Spirit of Jesus is not found in the cold
hard historical facts, which we can never know anyway, but in your
openness to the truth about yourself and about God's love and
acceptance of you as an individual just as you are.
God is in the creation at every moment and in every molecule, atom
electron and in the lightening and storms and in every event of human
experience. Far more important, however, is the presence of God
within you and at every moment of your life. You cannot exist
without God. The fact that you do exist is evidence enough that you
matter to God and that God has far greater plans for you than you can
ever imagine or fulfill apart from God.
Resurrection is far more than a single human event. It is the
that lies behind everything that is happening in your life and that
gives meaning even to the chaos and confusions that distract all of
from who we are and why we are here.
RECOGNIZING THE REAL JESUS
When Jesus called Mary by her name (John 20:16), she recognized the
real Jesus and entered into a new realm of being that you also can
enjoy now and forever. Debates, doctrines, demands and disasters do
not give you the experience of Jesus calling you by your name and
inviting you to enter into the truth about yourself and God.
The powerful spiritual forces of love, life, healing, and hope
surround you. Stop and think on these things. Don't let traditional
religion distract you from who you already are in God's love and plan
for the universe. Let the resurrection of Jesus on "the first day of
the week" be a personal experience of new beginning and fresh
spiritual energy for you also.
Read through the stories about the resurrection of Jesus at the end
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Think and meditate on what these
ancient stories are saying about you and your present life situation.
Let the reality of resurrection draw back the dark veil and reveal
the brilliance of God's love and power that already dwell within and
all around you.
You can't see your own halo. But it's there.
With faith, hope and love,
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