Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life." (John 11:25 NRSV)

Sportswriter Red Smith once told a story about novelist and film writer, Laurence Stallings. Though he was not a sportswriter, Stallings took an assignment to cover a football game between the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Illinois. The year was 1925. The brilliant halfback Red Grange was on the field that afternoon and he was dazzling. On a muddy field he broke loose for three touchdowns and set up another. The old hands in the press box were pounding away at their typewriters.

Not Stallings, however. He was in a tizzy. He paced up and down the press box with his hands clasped to his head. "I can't," he wailed. "I can't write it! It's too big."

The writers of the four gospels probably felt that same emotion as they put quill to parchment to tell the last chapter of Jesus' story on earth. "It's too big. How do you tell it?" How do you describe something as earth shaking as the resurrection story? Christ has been raised from the dead!

Each of the four gospels tells the story a little differently. For me that adds authenticity to the story. This is no carefully crafted tale. This is reality--confusing, complex, chaotic.

Will we allow the resurrection story to profoundly affect our lives?

God of hope, may the resurrection story give me the hope I need to live each day to its fullest. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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