Paul Kim on Easter and the Body of Christ

Paul and Rebekah Kim visited the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem while on a tour of the Holy Land in 2015.
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Paul Kim is pastor emeritus of Antioch Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (BP) — Easter is the greatest day in human history. It marks the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, as foretold in the Scriptures. In my travels, I have visited many tombs — the burial sites of royalty in Korea and China, the pyramids of Egypt, Westminster Abbey, Arlington National Cemetery and more.

Having lived in New England for so many years, I have had the opportunity to visit the graves of spiritual giants like George Whitefield, D.L. Moody and David Brainerd. Every famous historical figure — whether a conqueror, an emperor, the founder of a world religion, the most brilliant philosopher or scientist or even a saint – has in common the cold, start reality that their dead bodies remain buried somewhere on this earth.

I have been blessed to visit the tomb of Jesus three times. Whether it be the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or the Garden Tomb, every visitor to Jerusalem makes an effort to see not a buried body but an empty tomb!

For 40 days after His resurrection, Jesus walked, talked and dined with His followers. Before His ascension, however, Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit, whom the Father had promised to send.

In more than 70 years of life, I have never experienced an Easter like this year. For the first time, I was not at a church building on Resurrection Sunday. It was a surreal feeling having to Zoom in to the service.

But this unprecedented time of having to be homebound because of the coronavirus pandemic is surely a blessing that only the mind of God could conceive. It has given me a fresh perspective on what it means to be the body of Christ, the church.

As pastor emeritus of Antioch Baptist Church, I listened to the Easter message from my longtime disciple and senior pastor, David Um. He shared a powerful testimony of how on the morning of Good Friday, his father, who was suffering from COVID-19, had to be taken to the ER in an ambulance.

My wife Rebekah, who was at the time preparing to teach a Good Friday Bible Study for our network of churches around the world through Zoom, prayed for him to repent and be saved. Afterward, Pastor David was able to lead his father to Christ. After 84 years, Pastor David’s father finally surrendered his life and became a child of God. On Good Friday, God was indeed good!

Easter Sunday was especially meaningful to Pastor David’s father as he was able to mark the power of the resurrection in his life. And even though he could not receive any visitors, he was not alone. As one who had crossed over from death to eternal life, he was in the presence of the resurrected Christ. Even now, as our prayer network of churches around the world is lifting him up in prayer, thank God he is in stable condition.

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Source: Baptist Press