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He Is Risen!

 

“The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Romans 8: 34, 35 MSG

“[Faith] sees in the resurrection of Christ not the eternity of heaven, but the future of the very earth on which his cross stands. It sees in him the future of the very humanity for which he died. That is why it finds the cross the hope of the earth.”- –Jürgen Moltmann

When the women going to memorialize Jesus met an empty tomb, when Mary met Jesus, when Peter and John met the angels, when Jesus visited the upper room and the road to Emmaus people saw their lives and hopes flash before their eyes. They didn’t simply get a friend back. They didn’t simply have their faith in God restored. Their concepts of death, life, and time were all flipped on their head. They were no longer looking toward a future, they were living that future-experience of God’s love.

Paul and others would write that Jesus’ resurrection inaugurated a new creation, an 8th day of creation when all things were made new. A day when death is not the only word.

This morning as you prepare for worship, consider how the empty cross, the empty grave, and your encounters with Jesus redefine your sense of time. What are you in a hurry for? How are you participating in the new creation today? How is life—the present tense love of God—swallowing up death today? How is that happening in the community and church you participate in.

As you celebrate and sing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” consider how radical of a notion that is…  the gates of hell are burst! The chains of death are gone! This is why Jesus’ name is above all other names, because he did not cling to life, he gave it away and proved that Life is a bigger promise than any threat that death can wield. 

Listen to the good news of it all. Christ’s love for you is unavoidable and nothing, not even death, can separate you from it. You are loved!  He is risen!