The Miracle and Mystery of the Resurrection

A couple of weeks ago I ran into one of my fellow pastors at the local hospital, where I was visiting someone.  When I asked him how he was doing, he said, “I’m praying for a miracle!” When I asked what he meant, he said that his church was having some financial struggles.  They had a large bill to pay and they lacked the funds.  So, he was praying for a miracle.  I responded by saying the miracle was coming: the resurrection of our Lord!  In saying that I wasn’t minimizing their financial struggle.  We should pray for such things and trust the Lord to provide.  But the fact is that the resurrection of our Lord is a great miracle that gives us significant hope.  So that we can endure with perseverance the challenges we face in life, be they financial or otherwise.  Every year we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.  As we should.  As this is the climax of our Christian Year and life.  N. T. Wright calls the resurrection of Jesus, and our future resurrection, as a surprising hope that demands a response.  As he writes in his book, Surprised by Hope (Harper One 2008): “Jesus is raised, so God’s new creation has begun—and we, as his followers, have a job to do! Jesus is raised, so we must act as his heralds, announcing his lordship to the entire world, making his kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven!” (p. 56)  During the season of Easter (all 50 days!) we are invited to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord as we worship, feast and play together.  But we’re also invited to tell others this good news.  And I suggest the best way to do that today is through personal testimony.  Telling your faith story to others.  As you develop relationships with them.  Have a blessed Easter season!

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