React + live. A few years ago this became a special little mantra for our family. We challenge ourselves to look at life in a different way. Ups and downs come — it’s how you react to them that reveals what ur made of, relying on, trusting in, and believing. This last week I had the gift of teaching John 20 and 21. Those two chapters are all about reactions. Reactions to the risen Christ. Like God so often does, it was like looking into a mirror for me… The different reactions, the different perspectives, and the beauty of the entire story. The most unlikely first responder… Mary Magdalene. How did she respond? She ran back breathless and tear-stained to tell what she had seen. And the coolest part? She only recognized him when he spoke her name. And you have precious, doubting Thomas. Bless his heart. He tells his posse that he won’t believe until he touches the scars. And when Jesus shows up in the locked room they’re hiding in… Does he give them a hard time? Does he rebuke them? No… He honors him in his doubt. He shows him the scars and offers for him to touch them. Our perfect Savior shows up with scars remind us of his humanity. And remind us that every scar tells a story. And then there’s Peter. The rock church was built upon. The guy that denied Jesus when times got hard… All the while Jesus knew this flawed, enthusiastic follower would eventually lead the church to the ends of the earth. Even to flower mound, Texas. Our Peter leaps off the boat (Forest Gump style) to get to his Savior… And then gets the greatest commission given “feed my sheep.” In spite of his messes… He goes onto lead and love in ways that seemed impossible, I’m sure. And ultimately was so enthusiastic with an all-encompassing love, that when his turn to die for his beliefs came, he claimed that He was unfit to die like his Savior and he died crucified upside down. Reactions that changed the world. The past few weeks have been a little strange in our house… But it always comes back to “how will you react? How will you live?“ Everyone has to react on this day. I’m thankful for my Savior with scars. I hope to live my life breathless and tear-stained telling the world. Happy Easter.