The Holy Bible : Today's New International Version. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005), Eph 1:17–21.
What does it mean to live into the resurrection?
For a moment, put yourself in the disciple's shoes - in Peter's shoes. The one of whom he said, "I will never betray you - I'll die for you" did betray his master. Three times, no less. Peter not only suffered through the arduous, guilt-filled hours between his betrayal and Jesus' death...but now, how would he live?
What will we do now? We have followed Jesus for three years - we abandoned our fishing nets to follow and give our lives to our Rabbi. And what just happened.
We are now hiding in a room - afraid the authorities will come after us. All we thought we knew to be true about Messiah has been undone - the One who would never suffer, submit or serve has done all three over the past week...and he's gone.
The disciples went back to fishing. It's what they knew. It was something they "could do" - even though the interior parts of their lives had been radically re-altered by hanging out with Jesus over the past three years. They went back to what was familiar, known, comfortable...they didn't know how to navigate life without their beloved Rabbi...at least not yet.
- ....you emerge as a butterfly - you cannot go back to being a caterpillar.
- ....you have escaped from Egypt - and that though you are a bit foggy and wandering through a desert based on a seemingly thin Promise of a better land that you cannot see - you need not go back to the comfortably familiar environment of oppression.
- ....you have been given sight - you no longer need to go out on the street corner to beg for your living. Lean into learning how to live as a "sighted" person.
- ....you cannot put old wine into new wineskins - otherwise the "container" will burst open...resurrection means being willing to flex, adapt, move with the Spirit who is unpredictable and seemingly sometimes counter-cultural.
- ... you cannot put Jesus behave how you wish...you let Him lead; you let life flow out of His love within you.
- ... you are a new creation - the old has gone, the new has come. This isn't "new" like a New Year's resolution - a goal you decide to crank out of your willpower and discipline. This is "newness" that flows out from within as naturally as your body, properly nourished, grows specifically shaped hips and noses and hairlines, skin coloring and freckles.
Let His love - the love of a willing surrender to death on a cross - the love of a resurrected life, invite you forward...not settling...not trying to shove new into old.
- What are the "new" things God is inviting you to consider?
- What are the ways you are tempted to "go back to fishing" - to the things you could do but don't necessarily want to do? What does "fishing" provide for you (security, stability, familiarity etc) that most lures you to go there?
- What do you long to be resurrected in your life? Talk to God about that...