Archive for May, 2014

May 1, 2014

Extravagant Easter Living (May)

The resurrection of Christ changes everything. We have been discussing this wonderful truth throughout the Easter season, just as Jesus’ disciples did 2000 years ago. They had the privilege of spending the forty days after the resurrection with Jesus. We read in Acts 1 that Jesus “appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.” Jesus was forming this new community into thinking in a different way, like citizens of the kingdom of God.

This still is our job today, our blessing! We can rediscover, like a small child, the wonders of a world with the possibility of resurrection. In light of our bodies being resurrected, how do we treat it? How do we treat other’s bodies? In light of Creation being ‘resurrected,’ how do we treat Creation? How do we assist it in proclaiming the glory of God (cf. Psalm 19)? Since we know that death has been defeated, how do we live beyond death today? These and many other questions challenge us to think differently.

After spending forty days helping his disciples think in light of the resurrection, Jesus, “was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight (Acts 1:9).” Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father, ever living to intercede for us (cf. Hebrews 7). Have you ever thought about your master sitting next to the Father, eagerly talking about you? He is! And he can’t wait to tell the Father your requests. So pray just as eagerly, knowing your master Jesus is listening.

Also in May, we will be celebrating the birthday of the Church! Not Mount Hermon, not Baptist, but the Church with a capital C! A day we call Pentecost, fifty days after the resurrection, we celebrate the day when the Holy Spirit, who raised Jesus from the dead, came down and filled the community of believers with this same resurrection power (cf. Romans 8:11, Acts 2)! The Spirit continues to fill and guide the Church with this power, so we can be confident to move forward as Mount Hermon knowing this.

Easter is a reminder of God’s extravagant love towards us. Not only are we saved from our former selves, but we are saved into a wonderful new reality with Jesus as our master and the Holy Spirit empowering us to live holy lives. During this Easter season, follow the example of your Father in Heaven and love extravagantly. Do unexpected and extravagant acts of love to friends and strangers. And when they ask why, tell them you are celebrating God’s extravagant love toward you in Easter.

It is an exciting season we are in! Take time to celebrate anew with your brothers and sisters, and then go and love extravagantly!

Pastor Rich