Easter egg hunts, ballgames, spring flings and birthday parties dot our calendar. On a given day there may be six important places to be; every single one a "need-to-be-there" kind of event. There is not a thing I want to miss and prioritizing is often agonizing.
For several years one of my events was a passion play. I couldn't miss it because I had a part to play. It's still presented at Bel-Aire Baptist with great actors, but in past plays I had the privilege of being Martha, sister of Lazarus and Mary, friends of Jesus.
My scene depicted the Scriptures, giving us the beautiful and miraculous account of Lazarus' illness and Martha's exchange with Jesus upon His arrival after Lazarus had died. She was both heartbroken and sure if Jesus had made it on time her brother would not have succumbed to his illness.
My script was straight from John 11. "Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."
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Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
"Yes, Lord," she replied, "I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."
It was a passionate dialogue, and I can only imagine the joy of Jesus calling in a loud voice to Lazarus in the tomb, "Lazarus, come forth!" and the dead man came out.
Then there was the part of Nicodemus, who met with Jesus in the night with a question many of us have asked.
"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born."
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again ' For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3)
Lowry Anderson was Nicodemus each year with his loud voice bellowing out those lines. In 2007 he seemed to pour himself into the message with more fervor. In 2008 another fellow played the part.
Lowry, my late husband, is now living the truth of the message.
His life was a "that'll preach." The reality of those verses is truly his and his Easter is being celebrated with the One who rose again. He would want them to be your hope.
He is risen! Happy Easter, y'all.
Kandi Farris, is a freelance correspondent and speaker on matters of faith and values.