Some of you who have been around me lately will notice I’m a bit anxious about the arrival of our third grandchild. I even answered my cell mid-sermon in case she was on the way. This is a happy anxiety, a concerned anticipation, and very common when babies are about to be born.
Creation is full of signs such as this (spring, for instance) that point to the reality of Easter, namely the resurrection of our Lord, the ultimate birthing of new life. In his case he was reborn never to die again and he is “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Cor. 15:20 This means that we too will rise: “As we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.” 15:49
Elsewhere, in a section on the implications of Jesus’ resurrection, Paul describes what’s going on like this: “The whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth … as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” Ro. 8:22,23 We are collectively in a state of happy anxiety and concerned anticipation!
This is such great news and provides us who have faith in Christ with confident hope and irrepressible joy. I would that all would share our joy. What the world needs now is love, sweet love – but also joy and hope.
On Easter Sunday, April 16th, we will celebrate our hope as we gather to worship and share in our Lord’s Supper. We hope you will join us.
In Christ’s love,