In Christ’s resurrection, the sting of death’s piercing sword is blunted. As he exits the tomb every cell of his body is filled with God’s fulfillment, with promises kept. We may be the alpha of our pain, but Christ will be its omega; we may generate the tears, but he will wipe them away. But Easter is not just a future tense celebration—Easter is more than a vision of the promised world to come. Wendell Berry says it well in the final line of his poem Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front, how humanity is called to “Practice Resurrection.”
Easter includes us in its rebellion against all of the forms and manifestations of death’s empire. It baptizes creation, drowning death in an infinite sea of love. When we speak of the resurrection of Jesus, we are also speaking about the goal of our own lives. We are speaking about that final end which puts everything in its proper context. We are speaking about God as the meaning of reality. We are speaking about the meaning of ourselves. We are speaking about the meaning and the structure of the everyday. As David Bentley Hart articulates: “Easter should make rebels of us all.” Indeed, we are rebels for the cause of redemption.
As the season of lent comes to a close we want to offer this Easter sermon, “Water, Fire, and Breakfast” by N.T. Wright. Given in Durham Cathedral in 2010, he articulates our calling to be gifts of life to one another—how Christ’s resurrection sends us into the world, filled with the fire of God’s new life and with the calling of God’s new creation.
This painting is The Resurrection of Christ by Edward Knippers