From death to life
- God utters life - creation, Elijah (1 Kings 17:17-24) and Elisha (2 Kings 4:32-37). Mark 5 - Little Girl get up - and Peter who witnessed Jesus - utters life in God’s name. (Brueggemann)From new life to living lifeand the community of saints and widowsSaints are those who did not flee from the scent of death, - they stay, they imagine life, they put imagination into action and restore life.Widows are those who live every day with vulnerability, on the edge of death - central to them is Tabitha, - a disciple, dedicated to good works and acts of charity - one who gives life and lives lifeIt is an image of the church - disciples - dedicated to good works and charity - to the life giving, life changing work of the gospel - saints not afraid of death, widows who live on the edgeLiving the life Christ would have us liveThe task of the church is to continue the life-giving work of Jesus - the life Jesus would have us live - bringing life where there is death, love where there is hate, healing where there is brokenness (Loader)- it is our mission, our purpose, our reason for being the church- is that the life we lead?- is that the main focus of the energy we put into church life?Jesus came to give life - to call people to follow him as the sheep follow the shepherd - may our lives be witnesses to the gospel message that from death comes life, that the eternal life we are called to, is one in which hope conquers fear, in which there is a zest for life, in which we live the life that Christ would have us live.
2 changed lives -
Peter - back to the familiar, as if Jesus has been a brief interlude - with Risen Jesus life can never be the same - a new Peter has a new role
Paul - hanging onto old ways - rejecting the newness that Jesus brings - WADITW does not work with Jesus
Paul’s transformation will transform the world -
for gentiles - those radically different
for Kings - the powers and authorities
for the believers - reminded and reminded that we follow the risen life-changing, transforming Christ - Grace creates a community of salvation that includes Ananias and Paul, Peter and the beloved disciple -
Blogging towards Sunday
Does the risen Jesus transform our lives? Do our lives transform our community?
Another Easter - any difference? - or back to same old routine?
Blogging towards Sunday is the the latest aid for preachers - great stuff and Sunday might end up sounding very similar!