The resurrection was a relational event. God resurrected Jesus; Jesus did not resurrect himself. God resurrects us, not just for our ourselves, but for our fellow human beings.
Whether we are together on Sunday morning for worship or gather to break bread and share the cup, we are embodying the meaning of the resurrection, not only the reality of life thwarting the clutches of death and destruction, but also the reality that our lives are tied up together. The resurrection is certainly about the power of God countering annihilation and insignificance, grace countering sin, reconciliation countering estrangement, but for sure, it is about love dispelling hate. And it is not meant to be in isolation. It is always about each other. It is about our lives being inextricably connected, intertwined, and joined together.
When we come together on a regular basis –in the midst of our shared fragility and vulnerability, our brokenness and neediness – we get a glimpse of that kingdom-come, heaven-on-earth that we ask for in the Lord’s Prayer.
This message is excerpted from “Resurrection as shared life” by Mihee Kim-Kort in the May 2016 Gather magazine.
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