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A Jesus Christ Movement For Unity, Justice & Peace!

The Ohio Council of Churches (OCC) is a partnership of 18 Christian denominations in 24 different organizational configurations or judicatories throughout Ohio. While our administrative offices are in Columbus, the Ohio Council of Churches is much larger than any office; it is all of us, together, across Ohio!

Justice & Advocacy Ministries

The Story Doesn’t Change 

A colleague of mine in Kentucky once reminded me concerning the stories of the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus is that they don’t change! From year to year, no matter whose Gospel we read, the basic story stays the same. No matter whether you read Matthew or Luke, Jesus is still born! No matter which Gospel you read, Jesus was executed, buried, and raised from the dead!! The basic story doesn’t change.

 

So what does the Easter story tell us? It tells us two things: one, that women are an essential part of the story, be it a group of women as told in the Synoptics or Mary Magdalene alone as told in John’s story. These women come to the tomb to take care of unfinished business. The Covid pandemic interrupted how we took care of the business of honoring the lives of our loved ones. Everyone deserves to have their life honored by their loved ones, regardless of how they die. Though he was executed as an enemy of the Roman Empire, these Jewish women were determined to take care of the business of assuring Jesus received a decent burial. In other words, his life mattered to them.

 

The second thing that Easter tells is that it explodes our preconceived expectations. In each of the stories, the women arrived expecting to find a stone in front of a tomb holding a dead man. Each story says that when they arrived, they saw that the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty. The possibility of resurrection didn’t occur to them. Often no matter how many times we say we are standing on God’s promises, when miracles actually happen, we still operate on the level of our preconceived expectations. Although we sing it and say it, are we really open enough to the power of God to do the unexpected, the impossible?

 

Easter happens to remind us that death is not the final answer. Easter happens to let us know that death and evil don’t have the final say.

 

Easter happens to tell us that God is still on the throne and is reigning victorious. It happens so that we can expect the unexpected to happen in our ordinary, mundane lives. It happens to let us know as the writer of the 30th Psalm declares that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. It happens so we can be witnesses to the glory of God and proclaim to others as Mary did, “I have seen the Lord!!”

 

On behalf of the Governing Board and staff of the Ohio Council of Churches, I want to wish each of you and your families a blessed Easter and remember that the story doesn’t change. Jesus arose and Jesus lives!!

Rev. Dr. Amariah McIntosh

Associate Director 

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