Resurrection

Resurrection. What’s it about? Well, first of all, it has to be about Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus is God’s vindication of everything that Jesus did and accomplished, from the cradle to the Cross.

I’m penning this from the Middle East, where I’m teaching at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, in Beirut.  Over the border, 50 miles north east of me, there are children starving and being bombed. Less than 70 miles to the south, in Galilee, is the place where Jesus was bodily taken up, His humanity made alive and sealed, His life and our eternity knitted together forever. This is the world we live in. Bloody. Torn. Beauty defiled. And it is into this context of brokenness that the resurrection breaks in and changes the very fabric of our Universe.

Jesus is the centre of it all, the pivotal point of the Cosmos. Everything was made for Him. Everything came about through Him. Nothing came into existence, in the Universe, without Him. So when He was raised up from the tomb, in His human body, the nature of the Cosmos was changed eternally.

Don’t think that resurrection is just a distant dream. It is breaking in now. Because of Jesus, the fabric of reality is being invaded by life that is eternal. Miracles happen. Here in the Middle East Jesus meets with people in dreams and visions. People who have never been told about Jesus encounter him as He reveals Himself to them. The Jesus who wept over Lazarus weeps over the children and the refugees; and invades their present reality with resurrection power, with tokens of help and healing and hope.

There are Christians here, around me, whose lives are invested in bringing the presence of resurrection hope to the desperate and the destitute and the dying. I can see this new life with my own eyes. There is resurrection life breaking out around me. Therefore I pray that this resurrection power will continue to be expressed here in Lebanon and also among us, His people in Scotland. May you be a bearer of His life. May the power, of His resurrection, work in and through you too. May God be glorified, as the mighty power by which Jesus was raised from the dead finds a willing conduit in you and in our ministry together.

That power is like the working of His mighty strength,
which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the Dead

Ephesians 1.19-20

jim

Rev Dr Jim Purves

Mission and Ministry Advisor

Baptist Union of Scotland