J. Michael Shannon | Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible Seminary, Cincinnatti, Ohio.
Journalist Robert MacNeil once wrote, "I associate different emotions with traveling toward the different points of the compass. Going east is going back to where we all came from, toward the dawn; to the west is escape, adventure, the pull of the sunset. Going south brings an anticipation of languor, of being enfolded in limpid air. When I head north, my blood quickens—it takes a special people to live where nature makes it so hard."
Spiritually, we all can agree that going east is returning to the place of origin. Our spiritual fountainhead is Easter Sunday; our spiritual source is the resurrection of Jesus. All of the Christian religion flows from this place.