A Summary of Easter Sunday Message
There’s a pulse, a rhythm – sacred, Easter, profoundly Christian in the very best and most inclusive sense – which pulses all throughout creation. It’s in our spiritual DNA that we are most alive as our living comes to be aligned with that pulse, that rhythm…
Christ spoke of it in beautifully poetic terms as he addressed those harassed Pharisees in Matthew 11[i]: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
It’s the life-rhythm sealed for us and all creation in Christ’s birthing and dying and rising…
I think that’s what he means in that Mt.11 text by our coming to ‘keep company with him’ This is Christ’s invitation to those bone-weary Pharisees and to all to participate with him in his pulsing-cycle of poured-out love: …dying and rising/ …dying and rising…
We see this life-pulse mirrored in so much: …the seasons of creation, the constant ebbing and flowing of ocean tides, all through the indescribable beauty of nature as buds become flowers, become seeds… ‘unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies…’[ii]
We see this in healthy relationships as they form/sometimes storm/ reform/ perform…
It’s as true in terms of our spirituality as we lean into becoming increasingly whom Christ has made us to be: …dying and rising/ …dying and rising… We are constantly to allow certain things within us to die so that better things may come, and, unless that’s happening in us we are not properly alive!
This is the dance of creation, of embracing and releasing, taking up and letting go…
Perhaps that’s MOSTLY what Jesus had in mind as he spoke to Nicodemus[iii], that curious member of the Jewish ruling council who came to see Jesus by night with his questions. ‘What is the most important thing?’ he wanted to know, and Jesus’ enigmatic response for him to be ‘born again’.
This Easter, as we are with Christ/ in Christ – dead and alive, born, live, die and reborn, we are invited to dance that life-dance with Him!!!
WHAT IN YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL/ IN US AS A COMMUNITY NEEDS FINALLY TO DIE?
AND WHAT IS JUST STRAINING TO BE BIRTHED?
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[i] Matthew 11:28-30 (Message)
[ii] John 12:24
[iii] John 3