We are formed by our stories; the stories we tell ourselves about the world; the stories the world tells us about ourselves. We become the stories we believe.
This week is full of our most sacred stories. The story of the Holy and Innocent one–betrayed, abandoned, denied, falsely accused, unjustly convicted, tortured, sentenced to death, and executed. It is a story our flesh knows too well.
But this tragically familiar story is interrupted. God–author of all our stories–intervenes and creates a new ending, which becomes our new beginning. Out of sin comes forgiveness; out of violence comes healing, out of death comes life.
And if it only happened in the life of Jesus, this story would be worth remembering and celebrating. But the extraordinary twist is that Jesus gives us his Spirit and it becomes our story too. Our sin can also be forgiven, our lives can also be transformed, we too can live fearlessly–unafraid of suffering or death.
So the question is–what story will we allow to form us? Will Easter just be a day we celebrate–or a story that defines us?