Easter is for Living
The most important day on the Christian calendar, and I would argue any calendar, is only a few short days away. Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, stands as the most pivotal event in all of human history. Take it away and cut the heart out of Christian worship and Christian living. I say living, because the resurrection is not simply a historical event that we commemorate. Resurrection life is the life that Christians live. This truth is so well communicated in what N.T. Wright says in his brilliant book (and I mean that) Surprised by Hope.
“The point of the resurrection…is that the present bodily life is not valueless just because it will die…What you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it…What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God’s future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether (as the hymn so mistakenly puts it…). They are part of what we may call building for God’s kingdom.”