Today is both Easter Sunday and my youngest daughters 1st birthday. Not to mention that we’re away from home trying to decorate our new curates house!! So this is only a short one. But I simply couldn’t let today, of all days, pass without writing something. Today, is the day we remember and celebrate our saviour’s resurrection.
This is so much more than what many people, including Christians, seem to make of it. It’s so, so, so much more than just a happy ending. You see, the Old Testament hope was that, at the renewal of all things, God’s people, all God’s people, would be resurrected. Then, amazingly, right in the middle of history, God raises one man, Jesus Christ. The future hope comes crashing into the present, as he is the first-fruits of new creation.
It’s often said that Christians are living in the “end-times”, only awaiting Christ’s return. And that’s true. But there’s another, equally important truth. We are living in the beginning of the new times, the renewed, restored creation. The resurrection tells us that the renewal of this world is guaranteed, as it has already begun in Christ, and, by God’s grace, within us as we respond to him.
Here’s Rob Bell’s summary, which I highly recommend:
Happy Easter everyone, Christ has risen and nothing can ever, or will ever, be the same ever again. The New Age has begun, come and join in.
(P.S. If this sounds strange, can I very strongly recommend the book “Surprised by Hope”, by Tom Wright)