Practice Resurrection

12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-and all were made to drink from one Spirit. 14For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

During this season of Lent we acknowledge and reflect on the sacrifice of Christ. When we look at his sacrifice we also understand as believers that it is because of our sin that Jesus suffered, bled, and died. When we consider the highs and lows in the last week of the life of Jesus the contrast is amazing, devastating, and beautifully terrifying. In the span of one week Jesus goes from being celebrated at the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, to being arrested, put on a cross to die. He died for you and me. His death paid the penalty of sin so that death would not fall on us. As our good friend the late Rev. S.M. Lockridge would say “It’s Friday but Sunday’s Coming.”

Hallelujah the resurrection was just around the corner. Life would not be the same. Our lives are a reminder that too often we live on the Fridays of our lives and forget sometimes that Sunday’s coming. Sunday is not coming, but Sunday is here all the time for those who know Jesus Christ. How then do we live each day in light of the resurrection of Christ?

A few years ago a Eugene Peterson, pastor and professor, worked to translate the Bible in a way that would be helpful for modern readers. His work is the Message Bible. Eugene in his golden years set out to write what he calls “conversations” in spiritual theology. These conversations fell into five books, the last of which captures well a beautiful thought in its title, Practice Resurrection.

Those words alone speak to what the church is to be about practicing resurrection. We can study and understand theology. We can know all about Jesus. We can even have acknowledge and accept him as Savior and Lord, but are we practicing resurrection? Practicing resurrection is not about what have done in the past or about awaiting a future in heaven, it is about life and how we live it now.

The idea that we practice resurrection is that we live differently in the here and now, in light of the resurrection of Jesus. It is not what we individually do, but that we do our part as the Body of Christ. Practicing resurrection is not about perfection but is about putting aside our individual ways to follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life, Jesus Christ. It is about working together as his body to be his presence alive in the world today. Does the resurrection make a difference? It does when we practice it, and give life through his life in us!

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