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You Didn’t See That Coming Did You?

6 Apr

So…I pretty much took the whole season of Lent off of blogging. Did I give up blogging for Lent? Nope. Just got busy.

So I’m going to try to get back on the blogging routine going through the book of Matthew one day at a time and one chapter a day. I’ll also post on videos, pictures and thoughts that run across my mind. So because Easter (the resurrection of Jesus) isn’t a day the church celebrates but the posture of the church I thought I would post this video of Rob Bell’s take on the resurrection.

I like the words even if some of the special effects seem a little over the top:

Jesus is standing in front of the temple in Jerusalem
the massive gleaming brick and stone and gold house of God
and he says destroy this temple
and I’ll rebuild it in three days

the people listening to him said how are you going to do that?
it took 46 years to build this temple!
but he wasn’t talking about that temple
he’s talking about himself
he essentially says, listen
I’m going to be killed
that’s where this is headed
because you don’t confront corrupt systems of power
without paying for it
sometimes with your own blood
and so he’s headed to his execution
if you had witnessed this divine life extinguished on a cross
how would you not be overwhelmed with despair?

is the world ultimately a cold, hard, dead place?

does death have the last word?
is it truly, honestly, actually dark
and so whatever light we do see
whatever good we do stumble upon
are those just blips on the radar?
momentary interruptions in an otherwise meaningless existence?
because if that’s the case then despair is the
only reasonable response

it’s easy to be cynical

but Jesus says destroy this temple and I’ll rebuild it
he insists that his execution would not be the end
he’s talking about something new and unexpected
happening after his death
he’s talking about resurrection

resurrection announces that God has not given up on the world
because this world matters
this world that we call home
dirt and blood and sweat and skin and light and water
this world that God is redeeming and restoring and renewing

greed and violence and abuse they are not right
and they cannot last
they belong to death and death does not belong

resurrection says that what we do with our lives matters
in this body
the one that we inhabit right now
every act of compassion matters
every work of art that celebrates the good and the true matters
every fair and honest act of business and trade
every kind word
they all belong and they will all go on in God’s good world
nothing will be forgotten
nothing will be wasted
it all has it’s place

everybody believes something
everybody believes somebody
Jesus invites us to trust resurrection
that every glimmer of good
every hint of hope
every impulse that elevates the soul
is a sign, a taste, a glimpse
of how things actually are
and how things will ultimately be
resurrection affirms this life and the next
as a seamless reality
embraced
graced
and saved by God

there is an unexpected mysterious presence
who meets each of us in our lowest moments
when we have no strength when we have nothing left
and we can’t go on we hear the voice that speaks those
words

destroy this temple and I’ll rebuild it

do you believe this?
that’s the question Jesus asked then
and that’s the question he asks now

Jesus’ friends arrive at his tomb and they’re told
he isn’t here
you didn’t see that coming, did you?
he’s isn’t here
there is nothing to fear
and nothing can ever be the same again
we are living in a world in the midst of rescue
with endless unexpected possibilities

they will take my life and I will die Jesus says
but that will not be the end
and when you find yourself assuming that it’s over
when it’s lost, gone, broken and it could never be
put back together again,
when it’s been destroyed and you swear that it could never
be rebuilt

hold on a minute
because in that moment
things will in fact have just begun

Early Easter Thoughts…

19 Mar

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Easter: A time when the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated. It often stands out as a unique time when the natural order of things were overcome by a supernatural event. This event ascribed to Jesus is a belief designated to no one else in history. However, I believe the resurrection event of Jesus isn’t something that we just believe happened in the past but it a predictor of what is to come. The claim of the scriptures is that what God did for Jesus on that Easter Sunday morning is his intention for the whole world.

While this doesn’t eliminate or even dull the pain of losing someone we care about it puts this loss in perspective. Whatever death seems to have stolen from us the resurrection promises that God will return to us in a form more alive than ever before. Easter doesn’t cancel Good Friday but it illuminates it. God might not remove the memory of what has happened but he can remove the sting.