Christians have always believed that the resurrection of Jesus means not just that Jesus is raised but that we too will be raised to new life after our death.
In fact, in some sense we are already raised to new life if we belong to Christ. So we live our ordinary, temporal life and our resurrected, eternal life both at the same time,
Not a ‘double life’, adapting like a chameleon according to the people we are with; not ‘so heavenly minded that we’re no earthly use’, but an integrated way of living, living out in our own lives the values we have learned from Jesus. ‘Heaven in ordinary’, as George Herbert described it.
We cannot do this in our own strength, but only by the grace of God at work within us.
Christ is risen; we are risen!
Shed upon us heavenly grace,
Rain and dew and gleams of glory
From the brightness of Thy face,
That we, with our hearts in Heaven,
Here on earth may fruitful be,
And by angel hands be gathered,
And be ever, Lord, with Thee.
HAPPY EASTER!Revd Rosemary