Not recussitation

So what do we make of the Easter story?  No not the bunny leaving eggs & chocolate but the even more difficult to fathom story of a dead man rising from the tomb.

Through the ages there have been countless theories including that idea that Jesus was not REALLY dead and the cold tomb brought him out of his swoon and back to life. But due to the long-term effect of his injuries he died on what we now call Ascension Day.  The problem is we are dealing with Roman soldiers. And the Romans knew death and dead and would have made sure the man was dead!

So we are back to the idea, for many, that want happened was that God sent Angelic EMTs to restart Jesus heart and bring life back to the dead body. The trouble here is that this is resuscitation. And neither Christians nor the church celebrates a feast of resuscitation.

We celebrate resurrection. Resurrection is new life not a continuation of the old life.  While Jesus appeared to his friends with the marks of the crucifixion his was not the weakened body of crucified man.

Why this matters to us is that the promise of God is new life in abundance. Now and into the future. But for there to be resurrection there has to be death and then new life. The death may be of a dream, of an idea, of a way of living, or a relationship, not just physical death. And the life which emerges sends us in a new direction, open new vistas, reorients our thinking or in some way gives us a new orientation we did not know or expect.

May you find in the deaths on your life the new life a resurrection that leads to new and abundant Easter living.


About don

The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.
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