Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter Tuesday

"So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence
with the glory that I had in your presence
before the world existed." John 17:5

Jesus prays this prayer before the moments leading to his arrest and execution. After laying dead for days in the tomb, we believe Jesus was resurrected.

In John chapter 11, we see Jesus calling Lazarus back from his grave. Lazarus emerges, alive, though once dead. Christianity believes that there is a difference between Jesus and Lazarus, in regard to resurrection. You've heard this before.

What is that difference? Lazarus returns simply as he was once before - humanly living. His heart was pumping blood through veins, his lungs were taking in oxygen, etc. He was alive.

Jesus is resurrected by the glory of God. Still physically, but in a new way. Throughout the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as "Firstborn among the dead". We believe that someday we will all be resurrected with new bodies (1 Cor. 15), and we believe that at his resurrection, Jesus is given His fully, before all of us. The first to be born of resurrection. The first human to be completely alive by the presence and glory of God.

It is THAT KING, ruling over the Kingdom that exists by that same presence, that we pray to. That we worship. That invites us to not wait until we receive our own resurrection bodies, but to come alive by His Spirit even NOW, and to be His agents, announcing the True reality to a broken world in need of that revelation.

Relationships, words, drama, finances, tax season, wars, terrorism, corrupt government on every level, broken churches, broken homes, etc. We are called to live out God's Kingdom, and be sourced by Him, in the midst of it all, bringing life/healing/restoration/God's Spirit to each of these...believing our work as His Body is accomplishing great things for the Kingdom. (Rev. 21:5)

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