Easter Monday: I Miss YouApril 13, 2020
I’m writing today to say, “I miss you.”
As I was experiencing Easter 2020 with my family, in our home, apart from the gathering of the family of faith, I acknowledged how much I value the body of believers. I miss my brothers and sisters in Christ! But why is that? What creates a longing to be with people with whom I have nothing in common but Christ? But in asking the question we find the answer: we have Christ in common! We share in His death, His resurrection and His Spirit. We are bound together in ways that give us a unity and a bond inexpressible – but certainly experiential. We miss the body because we are integrally parts of one another in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
This morning on the show I opened with the observation that “Easter changes everything.” The resurrection of Jesus Christ literally changes EVERYTHING. It changes the eternal and the temporal, the personal and the interpersonal, the intimate and the universal. The resurrection changes reality and leaves nothing – and no one – untouched by its effects.
Consider how the resurrection of Jesus changes our sense of:
- Hope and home
- Perspective and peace
- And every relationship
- With God – from whom we were separated by sin but who longs to dwell with us and has, in Christ, made a way;
- With ourselves – in our right minds, at peace, in joy;
- With creation – which groans with eager longing for our redemption that we might again have dominion as God intended from the beginning;
- In marriage – which is now an image of an eternal union between Christ and the Church;
- With children – who are now also our brothers and sisters, co-heirs with Christ;
- With fellow believers – with whom we find ourselves citizens and saints and members of one body, interdependent and unassailable;
- With the Enemy of God – with whom we find ourselves at complete enmity and against whom we must remain vigilant and armored up (Ephesians 6);
- With the world – to whom we go as ambassadors of the Kingdom and the King, agents of Grace, ministers of the Gospel, on God’s Great Commission that all may know: Easter changes everything!
In revealing the Way to the Father, the resurrection changes our way of life. It changes what we do and how we do it; how we talk, what we say and how we say it; it changes our hearts and how we love, our minds and how we think, our priorities and how we live. The reality of the resurrection of Jesus changes everything, including the very power dynamics of the universe. Satan believed he had defeated God’s plan, only to find out that the tomb was empty! The power of sin broken! And the penalty of sin paid! Hallelujah!