March 27, 2016

We do not die, "period"; we die, "comma."

From Donald Sensing's Easter Meditation:

The Resurrection means that the worst thing that happens to us is not the last thing that happens to us. Christ's resurrection reveals that we do not die, "period"; we die, "comma." On Easter God turns pain to power; God transforms tragedy to triumph and pushes through crucifixion to resurrection.

If Christian faith is about nothing but the here and now, then Paul admits it isn't worth the time we spend on it. That is why the cross and the empty tomb stand at the center of our relationship with God and one another. On Good Friday's cross is where the Advent proclamation, that Jesus was "God with us," was made completely true, for Jesus died as we do. Easter's empty tomb beckons us to trust in a gracious God who provides throughout both our life and our death.

Posted by Vanderleun at March 27, 2016 10:00 PM
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"Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death; and upon those in the tomb bestowing Life."

Posted by: Flyover Pilgrim at March 28, 2016 5:44 AM

God works on a very large canvas. When we look at just one tile in the mosaic we can't see the bigger work. To His followers at the time, Christ's death upon the cross was the worst thing that could possibly have happened. Viewed through the prism of history 2000 years later it was indeed the greatest and most wonderful thing that could ever have happened. What love!

Posted by: Steve Swinney at March 28, 2016 2:03 PM