Beyond the empty tomb and the first encounters with the risen Christ we hear about on Easter, the reality of the resurrection opens into a deeper and more powerful understanding the place of Christ in the world, even the universe. In the the first chapter of Colossians, the author opens up our eyes to see the bigger picture revealed in the resurrection. It is a revelation that brings Christ right into our laps.
There are many ways we imagine what it means to believe in the resurrection. For some it is simply coming back to life again – which is resuscitation, not resurrection. Others think of reincarnation. Many look to the resilience of creation in spring and see new life. But none of these are resurrection. Jesus says “I am the resurrection and the Life” (John 11:25). This Beggar’s Take is that resurrection promises for far more than just living the same life I have now.
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