Sunday 27th March (Easter Sunday)

 

Please read Psalm 114; Ezekiel 47 v 1 – 12; John 2 v 13 – 22…

On that first Easter morning as two women went to the tomb with the intention of belatedly anointing the body of Jesus, two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them and said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”

The death of Jesus is not an annihilation but a disorganisation which becomes the means of passing from one form of existence to another. Jesus is the new creation in person and this new creation overflows with the power of love.

To me the most exciting thing about the resurrection of Jesus Christ is that his risen body is the first piece of the old creation that God has made new and becomes the pledge, that having begun the process God will bring it to completion by remaking the whole polluted planet. When he remakes the world, he will raise all his people to new bodily life to live in it and to rule over it.

It is as if by the resurrection of Jesus God has thrown the trajectory of this world into a reverse gear and instead of moving from life towards death, we are now moving from death to life. We are called to live as renewed human beings in anticipation of the eventual renewal of the whole of creation where love rather than violence is the agent of healing and transformation.

Prayer: Lord help me to live in this world as an inhabitant of the world to come. Amen.

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