Easter: Discovering Resurrection Reality
I Corinthians 15:20
INTRO: In his book entitled, "The Darkness and the Dawn" that details and describes the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus, Chuck Swindoll tells a story of a man by the name of Ed. Ed is an old man with a sea-bleached, weather-beaten old military hat and a somewhat odd, weekly habit. Every Friday night, as regular as clock-work, just as the sun is setting, Old Ed comes strolling along the beach to walk out to the end of his favorite pier. In his leathery hand he holds a bucket full of shrimp.
Ed walks out the end of that pier where it seems like he has the whole world just to himself. The sun is getting low and most of the sun worshippers are long gone and standing at the end of that pier Ed is alone with his thoughts. . . and his bucket of shrimp.
Before long, though, Old Ed isn't alone at all. Up in the sky are a thousand white dots darting here and there, squawking and flapping their wings toward that long, lanky frame standing at the end of the pier. In just a few minutes, dozens of seagulls have surrounded him, fluttering and flapping their wings as Ed stands there tossing up shrimp to the hungry birds and as he does, if you were to listen real closely you'd hear him saying with a smile, "Thank you, Thank you."
In a few minutes all of the shrimp are gone and the bucket is empty, but Ed doesn't leave. He stands there alone, lost in his thoughts, almost like he's been transported to another time and place.
Without fail, one of those seagulls will land on his old worn out military hat – the same one he's been wearing for years and years. Finally, when he begins to walk away, back toward the beach, a few of the birds will hop along with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they too fly away as Ed quietly makes his way down to the beach and back home.
If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing pole out over the side and your line in the wat ...
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