Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Week 7 - Christ the Victor

The angel said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He has been raised, he is not here." (Mark 16:6)

Frederick Buechner said "Resurrection means the worst thing is never the last thing." What does that mean in your life? I've been reading Sue Ellen Allen's book Slumber Party from Hell, and she says she leans on the quote "God makes everything all right in the end - so if it isn't all right, then it's not the end." I'm also reminded of the hymn "Because He Lives, I can face tomorrow."

Recall some of the site we have studied these last few weeks: Gethsemane, the pit beneath Caiaphas' house, the whipping post, the stone pavement, the Stone of Unction, the Garden Tomb. What new understanding do you have of Jesus? What does this mean for you? for the world?

In John's Gospel, the risen Christ appears in a garden and is mistaken for a gardener. If we are called to participate with Jesus, the Gardener, in restoring and bringing healing to the original garden of our world, what might that look like in your life?

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