But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. (Luke 24:11 NRSV)One of the great movie lines is found in the Paul Newman classic, COOL HAND LUKE. Newman plays a prisoner in a southern work camp who never quits trying to escape. Each time he is recaptured the prison warden greets him with that famous line, "Son, what we have here, is a failure to communicate."
IT IS A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE WHICH IS FOUND IN THE EASTER STORIES. It matters not if those stories are found in Matthew, Mark, Luke or John; they all illustrate failures in communication. Instead of overwhelming joy, the resurrection stories are greeted with doubt, fear, skepticism and even dismissed as "an idle tale."
Will you make Christ's Easter story come alive through your service?
God of peace, may Easter be more alive through me. Amen.