Redeeming Easter 2016

jesusresurrection8While at an airport, waiting for my flight home, an Easter TV sale popped on the screen.  My mind began to race: like Christmas they attempting to commercialize Easter.

Eugene H. Peterson is correct,

The do-it-yourself, self-help culture of North America has so thoroughly permeated our imaginations that we ordinarily don’t give attention to the biggest thing of all–resurrection.  And the reason we don’t is because resurrection is not something we can use or control or manipulate or improve on.” —Living the Resurrection, p. 13

We must redeem Easter–both in our imaginations and our lives.  Now consider the following:

Easter is about hope fulfilled.  The Paul says it’s the hope of the Jewish people (Acts 26:4-8)  It was why he was on trial before the Sanhedrin.

Moreover, Easter, Paul argues, is the linchpin of the Christian faith (1 Corinthians 15:19).  In other words, Christianity would be just another manmade religion without Jesus rising from the dead.

Finally, Easter is that exclamation point of heaven: the one who lived a sinless life, the one who died for sinners is indeed the Son of God (Romans 1:1-4)!

Now we must cultivate what Eugene Peterson calls “the practice of resurrection”: “living appropriately and responsively in a world in which Christ is risen.”

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