Thursday, 9 April 2009

All Things Made New

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

These famous words of Neil Armstrong when stepping onto the surface of the moon work just as well if we imagine them being spoken by the Lord Jesus as he steps across the threshold of the now empty tomb.

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ makes all things new.

Death is made new in life
They went to the tomb on that Sunday morning looking for a dead man, a body now three days in the tomb. But they didn’t find him. Not because they went to the wrong tomb, no, they knew very well where to go. They didn’t find him because death has been overcome by life. “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here but has risen.” (Luke 24:5, 6)
Now that one man has risen again from the dead the resurrection has started, the new life of God’s Kingdom is breaking out among us.

Weeping is made new in witness
After a while we find Mary weeping outside the empty tomb (John 20:11). Her tears are wiped away when she meets the now risen Lord who absence has caused her tears. Then Mary “went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’”. Her tears bear witness to her love for her Lord, her devotion to him. The absence of her tears bear witness to her joy at his resurrection, no more tears, Jesus lives!
The good news of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus is just too good to keep to yourself, it is just made for sharing, for telling everyone.

Doubt is made new in faith
It took a whole week, but Thomas found his doubts replaced with faith. When offered the chance to touch his Lord and feel his glorified wounds Thomas simply falls before him, “My Lord and my God.” (John 20:28)
With his eyes cleared of doubt Thomas can see that this risen Jesus is both Lord and God. His nature, shared with God, is now revealed. That he is King in God’s Kingdom is now declared. Jesus is Lord, Caesar is not (nor is any other human ruler).

One small step – just over this threshold.
A giant leap – God’s King is revealed as God’s Kingdom comes, all things are made new.

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