Pronouns are small parts of the language, yet they are very important and they do express a lot. They can tell what the focus of someone’s thinking is. The story of the Emmaus road disciples testifies to this (Luke 24:13-35).
For many in our world the order is I, I, I, or Me, Me, Me. There is only one person that is important to them and that is themselves. Their own interest, profit, joy. They view everything in the world around them from that very personal point of view. How something is affecting them!
When Jesus joined the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and began to talk to them, they tell Him the things that happened in Jerusalem in those days from their own personal point of view. They tell how it made them feel, what they have lost, what they have experienced, what made them upset. They are talking only about themselves, really. People in our world tend to look and evaluate things in the same way, how it makes them feel.
But when their eyes were opened they recognised Jesus (v. 31). And their eyes and hearts and whole being were filled with Jesus. Not Me, or I, but Jesus, only Him. How He stepped next to them, what He said to them, what He did, the risen Jesus became great and the most important, the first to them! And others became important after Jesus. Earlier on they just wanted to get away from the others, didn’t want to do anything with them, now they are hurrying back to them! They are taking the good news to them, they want to share it with them, they start out on the journey back to Jerusalem straight away!
These are the Easter pronouns. The order of I, you, he changed and turned around: He became the first, you/they become second. But what about the I/Me? It faded into the background, into insignificance. Just as Paul said: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20)
The I/Me is not important anymore, because I met the risen Christ, I have been born anew and Christ is formed in me! I can’t but speak only about Him! This is the wonder of the Easter Pronouns! May this Easter swap around your pronouns too!
Happy Easter! Christ is Risen!