And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you…The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. - Romans 8:11,16-17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
On the first Easter morning, when the women and the disciples encountered the risen Christ, they experienced radical Re-Alignment. What seemed impossible had happened. The hope in Jesus as their Messiah, which had seemingly died with him on the cross, was resurrected along with him three days later.
Eventually they came to understand the scriptures differently. The prophecies of old were fulfilled. As we will read in Acts this week, the Holy Spirit fell upon them with power on the day of Pentecost. And their lives were transformed – or you could say “re-aligned, renewed and refocused.” These early followers of Jesus went on to form the church and to spread the gospel to nations and tribes around the world because of the “RE” words that happened to them.
We are offered this same Resurrection power that the disciples experienced in the promise, hope, and celebration of Easter. The resurrection changes the direction of our lives and offers us the power to live differently. We are being transformed into the image of Christ “from one degree of glory to another,” according to Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:18. He goes on to say, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”
This is the power Jesus spoke of when he encouraged his disciples in the upper room, reminding them that if they abide in him they will bear much fruit. And apart from him they can do nothing.
When we RE-align, Re-new and Re-focus our hearts and minds on Christ again, we reaffirm our longing to abide with Christ…
…and receive the Resurrection Power that is available to us.
And so we embrace this gift of resurrection life afresh even while knowing that we will need to Return all over again soon, not in the same old ways, but afresh, deeper, living out the adventure of abundant life that abiding entails.
The “Re-words” remain friendly guides on our ongoing journey with Christ.
If you have access to the internet, listen to the song “Broken Vessels “ (Amazing Grace) from Hillsong Worship. Here are the powerful lyrics:
All these pieces, broken and scattered
In mercy gathered, mended and whole
Empty handed, but not forsaken
I've been set free, I've been set free
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
was blind but now I see
Oh I can see You now
Oh I can see the love in Your eyes
Laying Yourself down
Raising up the broken to life
You take our failure
You take our weakness
You set Your treasure
In jars of clay
So take this heart Lord
I'll be Your vessel
The world to see
Your life in me
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION:
• How do you respond to the truth that God has put His treasure in “jars of clay” like you and me? How has God’s “Amazing Grace” been reflected in your life?
• What might it mean for you that the very power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to you as you take the light of Christ into your “world”…your family, friendships, work, community and beyond?