A couple days ago, I gave reasons why Easter is to be celebrated long after “it” is over. I hope that got your attention so that you’ll consider ways to keep celebrating Christ’s resurrection life.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false”]
Here are a few suggestions:
- Sing about it. “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.”
- Say a creed daily, like the Nicene creed, which includes phrases about the resurrection.
- Worship on Sunday intentionally acknowledging the resurrection.
- Prayerfully prepare yourself every night for a resurrection experience of waking the next morning in the power and grace of God.
- Recognize every living creature and plant you see as filled with the life of Christ. Spring is a marvelous time to do this.
- Ingest these words of N.T. Wright, New Testament scholar and retired Anglican Bishop, who reminds us how the resurrection changes everything since it ushers in the kingdom in which we participate.
“The resurrection completes the inauguration of God’s kingdom. . . . It is the decisive event demonstrating that God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven.”“The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it.”
For decades I believed (dispensationalism) that God’s kingdom was only in the future. That goes to show how a diminished understanding and experience of the resurrection clouds a person’s theological and biblical understanding. God’s kingdom is indeed fully fulfilled in the future yet is present today.
Living every day as in the kingdom of God is living a resurrected life in Christ.
Live Easter today…and always.