All over the world there is a focus today on the event that wonderfully distorted time, and must be the hugest divine ‘yes’ to humanity. He is risen, not imply alive, but the incredible challenge that his body could not be found in the tomb. The only recourse was to suggest the disciples had stolen the body.
The Incarnation is incredible, but the ‘eternal’ nature of the incarnation is what is astounding. That he was not simply human for a period of time, but remains human today and will for ever is mind blowing. What an affirmation from heaven on the value placed upon human existence. With all the tendencies that we have to become a little Gnostic, how wonderful to focus today and realise that the angelic is not more God-like that down to earth flesh and blood existence.
With all the pain in the world, he is risen is a loud shout that calls us never to forget the potential that his life has opened up. Not just for a few but for the world.
What an event. A distortion of time. Two aspects were to mark the inauguration of the age to come for the Jew: the resurrection of the dead and the outpouring of the Spirit. A future event… but one that had happened in time and space right there and then in Jerusalem.
And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. (Matt 27:52,53, emphasis added).
I take this at face value. Saints raised (not resuscitated) to life with resurrection bodies. The event that will happen at the end / the Parousia had happened to some forerunners. Time is not simply linear, wonderful inbreakings can and do take place out of their time sequence.
We can expect the unexpected. God will predictably do the unexpected in the name of Jesus, the firstfruits of all creation.
Happy Easter one and all.