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April 17, 2014, 9:08 AM

Recovering our Astonishment

One of the glorious aspects of the Lenten season is that it re-calibrates our hearts and minds and spirits to the primary and core importance of the saving love and grace of Jesus Christ. Through prayer, study, fasting and worship we are drawn deeper into the glorious work and love of God, which then prepares us to experience the wonderful joy of Easter. For, while there are several issues in culture that the Church must face and overcome, (e.g. moral relativism, abuse, poverty, the disintegrated nuclear family) dullness may be the most critical. One priest said, “We are in a war between dullness and astonishment.” 


By and large the Church has lost her astonishment. The Good News is no longer good news, but okay news. We enter into the Easter season in celebration, that nearly 2000 years ago, an angel, in dazzling brightness, appeared to a group of women who were going to visit the tomb of Jesus, and inquired, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? Jesus is not here. He is risen.” Jesus is risen. He is alive. Death has been conquered. Darkness and sin defeated. And we have become new creations in Christ. This is not “okay news,” but glorious and exciting news. It’s cause for celebration! Cause for proclamation! Cause for transformation!


The resurrection is not a wonderful concept, but a life-changing event. We need to recover that astonishment—that amazement— that passion—Jesus is alive! Alive today! Alive tomorrow! Alive forever! He is alive to us—not just in abstraction, but in reality. He fills us with his Spirit, and he transforms our lives through his power and glory.

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