He is risen!! (He is risen indeed)
This season of Easter has been busy for Jeremy and I, as both of us sought out creative ways to help our church celebrate!
Jeremy and I worked together to hang an Easter-themed found object show entitled “Redemption Story” (he made the art and I wrote the descriptions), and I wrote a piece entitled “Grandma’s Resurrection,” which I read during our Easter service. We thought we’d share both pieces with you as a reminder that the season of celebrating Christ’s resurrection should not be limited to one weekend, but should occur all the time in the hearts and lives of His followers. (Also we didn’t have a chance to post these earlier. 🙂 )
If you would like to view this show in person, feel free to stop by Front Range Alliance Church anytime during the next two weeks or so.
We hope you are blessed by these pieces!
At its heart, Christianity tells the story of the redemption of humankind and of all creation: God’s perfect Creation of the world, the Fall and separation of humankind from God, Salvation through Jesus Christ, and New Life through the Spirit of Christ. These pieces mimic the movement of God in the world and in each individual Christian, touching on each stage of the redemptive past, present, and future.
Section 1: Creation
In an act of power and care, God created the earth, and with it, He created light, color, dimensions, planets, land, water, animals, plants, and humankind. At the end of six days of creating, God rested and declared all He had made to be good and He declared the man to be “very good.” Humankind was made in the “image of God” as creators. Creation dwelled in perfect unity and peace with God and within itself.
Genesis I and Genesis II
Close-up Genesis I
Close-up Genesis II
In the Garden
Humankind quickly disobeyed God’s one command (Genesis 2:16), and humankind is forever banished from the Garden of Eden, a place that represents paradise and unity with God and creation. Humankind found itself irrevocably separated from God because of its own rebellion. Death is ushered into creation as the punishment for humankind’s sin, and Satan and his demons become the tormentors of God’s creation. Humankind can no longer be close to God.
The culmination of the redemptive story comes with the life and death of Jesus Christ. Christ, who was both the Son of God and the son of man, “did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing by becoming… a human” (Philippians 2:6-7). And although He never sinned and did not deserve to die, He humbled Himself to die for the sins of all humankind on a cross. Then, after being dead for three days, He rose from the grave, defeating sin and death in His glorious resurrection. The apostles and many of Christ’s other followers were witnesses of this miracle, and their accounts of their experiences are passed down to us today through the Bible. Through Jesus Christ’s death and His resurrection, our sins are justified before God, and we can find freedom to be close to God once again for eternity if we trust in Him.
Following Christ’s resurrection, individuals began to choose to believe in Christ, and those who believed formed a body of people called the Church. The church is the centerpiece of the Christian life, mimicking the unity of the Trinitarian God in its workings, serving each of its own members and seeking to tell the message of the cross to the world.
Each individual Christian is also beckoned into new life through the sanctifying work of the Spirit of Christ. In Romans 8:10-11, the Apostle Paul tells us that “if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.” Through Christ’s Spirit, we are continuing to be made like Him, experiencing the continual redemption of our bodies and souls in this life.
And yet, Christians still die, all staring the Angel of Death in the face. But we can rely on the promise of God that Christ will return to bring His Saints home, into complete unity with God, each other, and Creation, just as God fulfilled His promises to Noah, Jacob, and Joseph in Christ’s first coming. We wait in hope.