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Friday, 8 December 2017

Christ Is The Resurrection


"Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live," (John 11:21).

Martha had learnt about the resurrection, while growing up she was told that the resurrection is an event that would take place on the last day. Although it is theologically correct, just as many other teachings but God wants us to go beyond theology. As mortals our cognition is limited, we continue to perceive the things of God as mere things. We cannot see beyond this realm, we only see things as they present themselves to us in this natural world. Martha learnt about the resurrection and how wonderful that day would be when the resurrection takes place. All her life she dreamt about the resurrection and hungered for it. But when the resurrection came she didn't recognize him. She sat with the resurrection, she talked with the resurrection, ate with the resurrection and touched the resurrection, yet she didn't recognize that this is the very resurrection she had often dreamed about. She had often spent time wondering of how amazing it would be, how bedazzlingly would be the effect of beholding the resurrection. But right now this very resurrection is standing right before her eyes, and she didn't even notice.

Resurrection was never an event, it is not a day either, it is a person. The reality of resurrection, the real resurrection had always been nothing other than the person of Jesus. The event we call resurrection is only a manifestation of this person. Just as the sun light is not this sun itself, the event of resurrection is not the resurrection itself. The resurrection is a personality, the things of God is God Himself. We have often made the mistake of separating the things of God from the person of God, but they are not two different things. The actions of God is the person of God, the place of God is not at all a place but the very person of God, the plan of God is a person, the thought, the power, the wisdom, the words, the workings and all things pertaining to God is and would always be the very person of God. Martha missed this, she had the resurrection standing right in front of her, and she never realized. If only she had known she would have entered into a living experience of the resurrection, she wouldn't have had a need to wait for the last day. She held on to the theology she had, the teaching inculcated into her from childhood, and she missed entering into a living experience of that which she had always hungered for.

There are many that hunger for power, for gifts of the Spirit, for wisdom, knowledge, grace and certain virtues of God, but they continue to approach it as things and as such they never enter in a living experience of these things. May God open our eyes to see that the resurrection is now, it is here and it is alive — yes, it is a person, our very Christ.

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