The reality of a Risen Savior once again takes center stage in our lives and threatens to change everything that we take for granted and hold dear.
I’ve often wondered how the Risen One had changed and transformed the lives of the earliest Christians… what new realities and even some older realities suddenly opened up before them?
Were there any Jewish believers who suddenly understood the story of Jonah’s adventure in the belly of a great fish in a new light? Did anyone suddenly perceive the “temple” language of Jesus in full clarity as the risen temple of his body walked the same roads he had stumbled down toward his death?
Are there questions and doubts and fractured frustrations in our own lives that can be finally and fully put to rest in the arms of the Risen One? In the light of a new reality, can we find the wholeness of life and peace, even within the brokenness of the other realities that swirl around us?
The new thing that has been birthed today is the hope of all who are trapped, dying and even dead in the grave of despair and pain. The Risen One offers life on a new set of terms… participation in a whole new reality.
“O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Book of Common Prayer, Page 291
Be blessed in the Easter Season!