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Three Days Bring Much Change

This morning, the first words to meet my eyes were “We are Easter people living in a Good Friday world,” and my mind went to a million places at once. I went to all of the encounters I have had meeting with people over coffee and lunch and in my living room with couples counseling with my husband. I was taken back to my own warped identity that I am still tempted to sink back into of lies and skepticism and resistance. I pictured Chris seeing a distorted identity of himself, skipping to the future and wondering what traps my children will fall into.

The unraveling of Friday to Sunday is the most beautiful 3 days we can experience in our lives. The eyes being opened. The chains falling off. The heart being set free. The justification of the sinner — Jesus covering our sins on Friday, then rising for our righteousness on Sunday is and always will be the greatest day in history. But, it is also the greatest day in present and future.

We are no longer slaves to sin. Friday

But slaves to righteousness. Easter

The old has gone. Friday

The new has come. Easter

I have been crucified with Christ. Friday

It is no longer I who live. But Christ lives in me. Easter

Do not be conformed to this world. Friday

But be transformed by the renewal of your mind. Easter

Dead in your trespasses. Friday

Alive together with him. Easter

Spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Friday

Spirit of adoption as sons by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Easter

Once were far off. Friday

Have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Easter

Under law. Friday

Under grace. Sunday

Wages of sin is death. Friday

Free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Easter

Unbelief, Skepticism, Doubting, Resistance. Friday

Faith. Easter

Despair, Glum, Drudgery, Sadness, Dismay. Friday

Hope. Easter

Hate, Scorn, Judgement, Ridicule, Betrayal, Enslavement. Friday

Love. Easter

It is true that we live in a Good Friday world, and we are mostly surrounded by Good Friday people, but as followers of Christ, we live a life in the glory of Resurrection Sunday. Our identity is that of Easter people.

“…left to ourselves we lapse into a kind of collusion with entrophy, acquiescing in the general belief that things may be getting worse but that there’s nothing much we can do about them. And we are wrong. Our task in the present…is to live as resurrection people in between Easter and the final day, with our Christian life, corporate and individual, in both worship and mission, as a sign of the first and a foretaste of the second.”  N.T. Wright

 

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