Living the Resurrection

An empty tomb in Israel that some believe is Jesus’ vacant tomb.

Easter weekend this year was emotional for my husband and me.  Friday and Saturday we attended the visitation and funeral of a good friend from my college years.  We celebrated his life and mourned his death.

On the way to the funeral another friend from high school texted me with news that her daughter had delivered her much awaited baby, and my friend was a grandma!

 

On Sunday we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 Death and new life.  Death and resurrection.  It’s that “death” part that is difficult.

Theologically the resurrection is the basis of Christianity, and for there to be a resurrection there must be a death.  Paul put it very succinctly: “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” (1 Cor. 15:14)  That about sums it up.

I believe it, but do I live it?

When we mourn a friend, or a family member, or even a dream, we need to live the resurrection.  That is extremely difficult to do from the vantage point of this world where we believe, but we don’t see, resurrections.  (Some people have seen or experienced resurrections, but most of us have not.)

I live the resurrection when I live like one who has died and has been given new life.  I live the resurrection when I live in the Kingdom of Heaven instead of existing solely in the kingdoms of this world.  I live the resurrection when I am not discouraged when a dream  dies, because I have all of eternity to live out God’s plan for my existence.

Unfortunately, that is much easier said than done. Too often I live like one trapped in my old life, like one who knows little about God’s Kingdom and like one who thinks this life is all there is.

Posted near the empty tomb aboveThis life will disappoint us; count on it.  We will have painful loss; there’s no way around it.  The wonderful truth of the resurrection is that this life is just a short warm up for eternal life with Christ.

We cannot imagine what eternal life will be like.  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him…”  (1 Cor. 2:9)

It is completely beyond our earthly existence.

“The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body…Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will a be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  for the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”  1 Cor. 15:42-44, 51-52

How do you live the resurrection?

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Eagerly Desiring the Last Supper

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If you were the key to a great mystery that had been in the works for all of human history, would you eagerly await your opportunity to reveal it?  Me too. Jesus eagerly desired the last supper with his disciples. He knew what was … Continue reading

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Barreling Through

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I’ve noticed a common feature in my handling of major health problems: I barrel through them with an attitude of I can’t even believe that happened to me and it’s messing up my plans. When I had cancer, nine years ago, my approach … Continue reading

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God’s Highest Willingness

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“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance.  It is laying hold of his highest willingness.”  Archbishop Trench I find this quote extremely helpful.  My prayers are often based on an unspoken assumption that God must be convinced to answer.  He is not reluctant to answer … Continue reading

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Remind Yourself of what Jesus did for You Every Day

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Do you know what Jesus did for you?  You might know that he died for your sins and that if you follow Him you will go to heaven when you die, but do you know that He gives you power and forgiveness … Continue reading

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Overcoming Opposition – Part 2

How does one overcome opposition?  The book of Nehemiah is a study in pursuing a goal and conquering every challenge in the way.  We can learn from him.  Last time we saw that Nehemiah overcame emotional and physical opposition.  Today … Continue reading

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Overcoming Opposition

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Wouldn’t you like to overcome all opposition to your work?  Not that you wouldn’t have any – make no mistake we’ll always have opposition – but that you would be able to get past it and complete the job. Nehemiah is a … Continue reading

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We Fail; God is Faithful

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How many of us can claim to always have made good decisions, to have consistently been kind, thoughtful and considerate of other people, and to have honored God above ourselves?  Obviously, that is a rhetorical question. We fail.  Regularly.  Thank … Continue reading

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A Year of Love

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For some, Valentine’s Day means a perfunctory display of love, fed by florists, Hallmark and chocolatiers, but for me it is an opportunity  to remember love shown throughout the year.   Every year has its share of challenges and successes, good days and bad days, healthy and not-so-healthy times, and … Continue reading

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Would Jesus Commend Your Faith?

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Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.”  Hebrews chapter 11, later labeled the “Hall of Faith,” goes on to describe many heroes … Continue reading

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