Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Resurrection Day

Resurrection.

For Christians all over the world it is a day upon we place special emphasis on the word and upon the profound impact the word and what we believe, the event has had upon our lives.

After forty days of reflection and contemplation upon our personal and corporate commitment to our faith, what is popularly and historically known as Easter, is the day we celebrate the reason for that commitment.

Resurrection means more than a call to live 'better'; resurrection is a call to live 'new'. It is a out of that fundamental 'newness' that life is seen and lived through an entirely different filter, because it is not lived out of our own efforts to reform, but a transformation that is a gift from our Creator through his Son. It is through the gift of the Resurrection that we truly have the opportunity to begin again.

Forgiveness. Grace. Mercy. Peace. All words that have profound, fresh, dynamic meaning, because of another word: Resurrection.

When we look across our political, social and cultural landscape today, we are in desperate need of revisiting those words.

Resurrection means that we can live without hatred. Without fear. Without bitterness. Without anger. Without guilt. Without violence.

It also means that we can live lives of extended love, joy, justice and hope. Because Good has overcome evil. Truth has transcended all falsehood. Faith gloriously triumphs over doubt.

"If any man be in Christ, old things have passed away and behold all things become new" (II Corinthians 5:17).

It's a wonderful promise. A promise that, for those of us who believe, is fulfilled in an old event, an old word, that has power to this day: Resurrection.

Happy Easter!

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