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I’d like to introduce today’s guest blogger, Adrienne Trevathan. She is the Director of Christian Education at Northminster Presbyterian (the church where I interned during seminary). She is a 2009 graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary where she attained a master of divinity.
Our lives are hid with Christ in God.
There is a lot at stake when we talk about our beliefs about resurrection. There are many different ways to speak of the resurrection of Jesus, and different meanings we attach to it. What has struck me particularly this year is the idea that when Chrsit rises from death, we also rise with him. In the same way that we observe Lent and remember the suffering of the cross, we ourselves “rise” in a sense as we welcome Easter. There is something about our identity that is hidden in God, that we uncover (and continue to uncover) as we live as followers of Christ.
When we live as people with hope, who willingly follow someone who knowingly walked into death and danced right out of it, we come a bit closer to finding our true identity.
When we surround ourselves with others who join us in making this proclamation, “He is risen!,”
we are able to understand the deepest part of ourselves that God is preparing to use to address needs in the world; needs not only of our brothers and sisters, but of all creation. The groaning of creation is matched by the longing within us to make meaning in life. We have the responsibility of cultivating the Spirit in our lives so that we are able to recognize and respond those signs of new life when they spring up (often in unexpected places).
When Christ rises, we rise – together. Our identity is no longer static or predictable; what we can become together is a mystery and possibility. It is a reason to rejoice.