I got inspiration for this week’s post from an article in the latest edition of Christianity Today where the writer makes the reference to the “most astonishing Easter miracle”1 in a discussion centred on identity politics.
And it got me thinking.
The resurrection is spectacular and Jesus defeated death and our sinfulness to restore our ability to have relationship with God. It is pivotal to the gospel. But 40 or so days later the Holy Spirit arrived on the day of Pentecost and with that came another great miracle: Christ living in us.
“Christ in us, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)
We are united in Christ. Paul is so excited about this revelation that he uses the phrase “over 200 times in his letters.”
“The most distinctive mark of Christians is this: We are people in whom the resurrected Christ dwells (Ephesians 3:17).” 2
Having meditated upon Colossians 3:1-17 and recited it as I walk one of our dogs each morning for the past 18 months it’s slowly sunk in who I am in Christ. We have our Creator residing in us. Check out these verses from Colossians 3 in The Message version:
“Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.”
It’s kinda mind-boggling don’t you think?
Keeping our eyes on Him is so important. And Easter is a special time for us to do just that especially if we’ve allowed ourselves to get caught up in the busyness of life and have spent less time being with the Lord.
Look what Paul says will happen if we keep our eyes and lives focused on Him:
“Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
That’s what I want: to become more like Him so that my life becomes brighter attracting others to see what’s causing the brightness.
I hope as Holy Week approaches we all may be able to set or re-set our eyes on Jesus so that we can begin to shine (even more) brightly with His love and power.
Grace and peace, dear friends.
Notes: 1. “The Most Astonishing Easter Miracle,” Mark Galli, Christianity Today April 2017 (currently only subscribers can read it) 2. ibid