This Changes Everything

The resurrection of Jesus changes everything. It has reoriented history, the world, the entire created order, and it should change us too. That’s why we take 50 days to celebrate resurrection. That’s why we keep shouting "Alleluia!" That’s why we meet every Sunday, because resurrection has changed everything.


The reality of resurrection must seep into the broadest spheres of our life, the most ‘unrelated’ because, as Chris mentioned Sunday night, resurrection touches everything, even our relationships and possessions. 


Resurrection gives us a picture of being fully human. It is humanity at its fullest potential. Not just resuscitated, not just un-dead, when the resurrected Lord Jesus appeared to his disciples he was glorified, somewhat unrecognizable, could appear out of nowhere, and could eat real food. 


And as we’ll see in this Sunday’s gospel (Luke 24:36-48), when Jesus appears to his disciples he teaches, he opens to them the narrative of the Scriptures - all that was written about him in the "Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms” (see Luke 24:44). Part of being fully human is seeing the Scriptures - Old and New Testaments - in light of who Jesus is and in light of the full humanity he’s calling us into.


Don’t let your Easter joy wane! Don’t let your “Alleluias!” diminish! Enter into Sunday worship with awe and expectation. Hear his holy word with reverence and humility. Feast at his holy table assured of your participation in his holy mysteries, and your place in his body, the church.  Let us take these Great 50 Days to learn from our Master and Teacher, Jesus, as he opens to us the Scriptures.

- Jay+