DayBreaks for 3/23/18: The Beginning of Glory
From the DayBreaks archive, March 2008:
What would you have given to be the only human being to witness Christ’s first breath as he came back to life? God, for whatever reason, didn’t give that privilege to any mortal. I’m not sure why, but my guess is that we couldn’t have borne the sight or the glory of that moment in time. It appeared for all intents and purposes that the cause of Christ had come to an end. His disciples certainly thought so. After all, he was brutally slain, wrapped, put in a sealed tomb. Over, done, kaput, fini.
It seems hard to speak of the cross as an instrument of glory. That’s because we think of glory as something shining, beautiful, amazing. Methinks that God also finds obedience to be glorious, and if that is indeed the case, the cross of Christ was truly and specially glorious.
But the glory that most of us associate with Easter is the glory of the resurrection. We hope to share in that resurrection glory, even as we hope to avoid the glory of the cross. We look forward to the resurrection, but not to taking up our cross to follow Christ in order to get there.
We would be remiss, however, if we only see Easter as a historical artifact of the first century, or even of the Christian church. As we gather this Sunday to sing “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” with its glorious “Alleluias!”, let us remember that Easter is more than just history: “Easter is not the celebration of a past event. The alleluia is not for what was; Easter proclaims a beginning which has already decided the remotest future. The Resurrection means that the beginning of glory has already started.” – Karl Rahner, Everyday Faith
Trillions of years from now, the Alleluia choruses filled with His praise will only have just begun. The events of that first Easter truly did settle, once and for all, the “remotest future” – even the future that will know no time, for time will be no more. But let’s not just wait until we are resurrected to explore and live in the glory, for the glory has already begun and it grows stronger with each act of obedience, with each song of praise, with each cup of cold water and each act of compassion. It grows like an eternal and never ending wave rising up to the praise of the Lamb that was slain, who lives forevermore!
I know it’s not Easter yet, but it’s still true: Christ the Lord is risen! He is risen, indeed!
PRAYER: Let our shouts rise to the heavens, Lord, may Your glory fill our hearts and the earth even as they fill Your home. May we bring You glory, and live in the glory that You have revealed to us in Christ Jesus, our risen Lord and Savior! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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