Wednesday Word: New Life
“Behold, I am making all things new” – Rev. 21:5
The resurrection of Jesus Christ wasn't just the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is also the beginnings of the resurrection of all creation. When Jesus was resurrected, his life was changed, not ended. So we also proclaim at our funeral services, “Life is changed, not ended.”
This change is evident in the resurrection. Mary Magdalene didn't recognize him at the tomb. When Jesus showed himself to the disciples, some believed while others doubted. I think that doubt arises from an inability to grasp the power of the resurrection.
But again, this change, this resurrection, doesn't only apply to Jesus – it applies to all of creation.
All things are being made new. The first heaven and the first earth will pass away as a new heaven and a new earth come into being. This is the resurrection of creation that began with the resurrection of Jesus. From the innermost parts of our atomic makeup to the vast expanse of interstellar space, all things are being made new.
As we move forward through the Easter season, how are you being made new? As we end our Lenten fast and live into Easter, how have you been changed?
How do you see this idea of resurrection, of life being changed not ended, of Christ making all things new, play out in the life of our parish?
Alleluia! Christ is risen!