The Art of Being Resurrected

While teaching Sunday school yesterday, this question and answer from the Heidelberg Catechism struck me.

Q.How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us?

A. First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he might make us share in the righteousness he obtained for us by his death.Second, by his power we too are already raised to a new life. Third, Christ’s resurrection is a sure pledge to us of our blessed resurrection.

Spring is here. It’s not just coming. It’s here. It might be a bit early, yes, but it is here. Easter is coming. Yet at the same time it is here. Like it or not, it is here. It’s not the whole “it’s here” as in it’s going to be here soon and it just feels like it’s here. No. What I mean is the fact that ever since the first Easter, Easter has been and will always be here until Kingdom come.

Spring each year reminds me of this. It reminds me of how new life springs out from death. Now, I know that the trees aren’t really dead but in hibernation, dormant until spring calls them awake again. When spring calls them back to they’re leafy awesomeness. But still, there is that idea of new life coming out of death and decay.

And that’s the resurrection. On that first Easter morning, Jesus rose from the dead. Now, I’m not talking about Zombie Jesus here. No. What I’m meaning is that he was new. He is Jesus but he is in a new, perfect, wonderful body.

What this means is that we who are in Jesus are raised to new life as  well. We aren’t supposed to be like we used to be–snappish, mean, sneaky and other things that make you wind up on day time talk shows–instead we’re a new life. The old is gone the new has come. That’s what Easter is about. The new has come. The new life in Jesus Christ. Then new life knowing that not even death can beat us.

I love this picture I have of the plant emerging from the broken bottle. To me, that is the resurrection, new life coming out of brokenness. New life emerging from what was once decay and destruction. New life emerging despite all odds including itself. There’s the ability to being something new, something more, something greater than what you are now. There’s the promise of being like Christ, fully, completely, totally.

Easter is coming. Easter is here. How does it benefit you?

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