The letter is written by Revd. Jack McKelvey, retired minister and member of Didsbury United Reformed Church.
Christ is alive. Hallelujah..!
At Easter we celebrate God’s vindication of all that his Son achieved and we give thanks for what Christ’s resurrection means to us.
Easter is not just about something that happened long ago or about what will take place in the future, at the last day, which of course it is.
It is about what happens NOW. Resurrection NOW. What do I mean?
It will help us if we think of what John’s gospel says about eternal. In John 5.24 Christ says “Those who believe in me have eternal life.”
It is a present possession as well as a future hope. Present tense! Here and now! This is the same as Resurrection Now. In both instances Christian.
Experience is a relationship with the risen Lord. Because Christ is alive he is our contemporary. Like human relationships it grows and develops.
Begun here on earth it continues in heaven. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. By his great mercy we have been born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1.3).
Note carefully what St. Paul prays. He prays that he may know Christ IN THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION. “IN THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION” is the correct translation of Phil.3.10. What this means is that because it is the risen Lord to whom we are joined it is his resurrected life that he shares with us.
This is resurrection now!
To understand Easter properly we need to see it in relation to what happened to Jesus on Good Friday. Think how these two things – death and resurrection – have a parallel in our experience. In our case it is a dying to what is wrong in our lives and it is a birth to a new life. I am talking about what is a double experience. It is a dying to our sinful selves and it is birth to a new life (life with the risen Lord). In each case it is a lifetime’s experience.
“We are born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Thanks be to God.
Page updated on 1st April 2021.