Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping, transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.
- John Updike, “Seven Stanzas at Easter”
Today, we celebrate resurrection! We pause, with laser-like attention, over the resurrection of Jesus to ponder its enduring significance and meaning. The resurrection demands to be taken with utmost seriousness. In fact, there is no Christianity (and no one can rightly be Christian) without its basis in fact and the acceptance thereof. Updike, in his Easter poem (which you should read—it’s not long), would have us accept the Gospel accounts as they appear and “walk through the door” of total conviction that Jesus is the Christ, the resurrected Son of God. To attempt any lesser belief in Jesus and Christianity, to try to embrace the man or message without the historical resurrection event, is only a “sidestepping” of Jesus’ true relevance. So, let’s “walk through the door” and celebrate that Christ is risen indeed!