Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Ocean of God's Victory

One of the ways that we can fail to believe in the resurrection of Jesus is to fail to see what has happened as a result of the resurrection of Jesus. Life is busy and complicated and it is frequently a lot like being afloat in the ocean. The way the water undulates and moves, it is not very easy to see where you are or how far you have come. You can feel lost at sea only a short distance from land. Similarly, the media, our families, politics, economics, the busy-ness of life, all of it can distract us from where we are in the big picture. What does it look like from the air? This table is what it looks like from the air. And the bottom line is that the resurrection of Jesus has changed the world. Christianity is the single greatest revolution that has ever happened in the history of the world. It will remain the single greatest revolution because it is God’s revolution. When Jesus died, sin died, the dragon was slain, death was conquered. We were set free. This is our Passover feast. This is our redemption, our freedom, our forgiveness, our life. There may be Nero’s and Hitler’s, economic crises and social calamities, wars and famines, disease and disasters. But these are the ten foot waves that move us in the ocean of God’s victory. The resurrection of Jesus broke the dam in the ocean of history and it’s all pouring out, and there’s nothing that can be done to stop it. And the glory of it all is that the current of the gospel, the river that is flowing out from that empty grave 2000 years ago, that river is a flood of thanksgiving. It’s the countless and growing millions who gather around this table to celebrate the resurrection. This is the first fruits of that marriage supper of the Lamb. This is the feast of victory of our God. Therefore let us keep the feast. Come eat, drink, and give thanks.

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