Bah! Sometimes I am jealous of actors for the stage. It would be interesting to have your role grow and change, evolve over time. I think I would like it if the things I created were dynamic and ever-changing. As a writer, I know that I can re-write things. I know that I should feel good about them before I decide I ought to share. But somehow, this is not quite the same.
I was thinking about all this in connection with the blog I wrote yesterday. It was a rather stuffy and intellectual approach to Easter. I am going to try that topic again. But this time, what I want to do is just share my joy about the fullness of Jesus rebirth, rather than getting hung up on everything that is wrong with Christianity today.
As I said yesterday, the idea that dying is not forever is a huge thing. But I don’t have anything new to say about that aspect of Jesus’ rebirth. Today, I am thinking about some other things:
The way things had always been? They don’t need to be the way things always will be. My stupid knee-jerk responses aren’t the final word. My emotional baggage can get unpacked and I can be free of the weight of the sucky things that have happened to me, and the sucky things I have done.
The ways that the world seems to operate are not the ways the world will always operate. In fact, this way of being is just a hiccup, just a burp. That voice inside that cries, “This is not the way things were meant to be!” That has more truth to it the strong preying on the weak, then the big dog eating the little dog.
The hopes that appeared to be lost forever, cut off as they were by a flaming sword, the glory we were intended for… we are still headed for that glory. And just as it seems like Adam and Eve were intended to be junior partners, co-participants with God in building this new thing, we are re-enrolled in the process to.
I re-read the accounts of Jesus’ death and resurection last night. I was strike by two things related to this last point. The first is that all four gospels specify that it was the first day of the week when they found the empty tomb. It would have been easy enough for a reader to do the math and figure that out. But for some reason, it was worth while for all four authors to mention this fact.
It seems like it is meant to echo the very beginnings of the bible: on the first day, God began creating the world. And on the first day of Jesus’ rebirth, God began re-creating the world. It is a sign, I think, that Jesus being reborn marks a new era: we are back on the road we were intended for.
Secondly, in each of the gospels the risen Christ enlists his followers in this new re-creation. We are meant to go out and tell the world about this new possibility that began on the cross. I think the temptation, with our modern concerns and understanding is to jump right to the part about how we won’t die. And certainly this is an important thing.
But there is so much more! One part of this is just the mere fact that we get to be co-creators, junior partners, in the whole mission of bringing about this new kingdom.