Hmmm. Is God still an active presence, still moving in the world? Or was his activity in the birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus his last dramatic presence and movement?
If we have a personal relationship with Jesus, how does that impact how the world works? Does it impact how we see the world? It's enough to make our heads spin.
The psalmist is praising God who has been "steadfast" and whose love "endures forever." There is reference in this psalm to bad things that have happened (punishments) and a request that the "gates of righteousness" be entered. There is also acknowledgment of promises fulfilled in this psalm, as the stone rejected has become the cornerstone. We read this text on Easter Sunday because in the gospels Jesus actually points to this notion of the stone that was rejected becoming the cornerstone and tells folks to be careful in the judgment. Well...does that mean that this too is potentially an expectation that has the potential to be fulfilled in every generation?
The writer of Acts gives us the story of Peter preaching and it is obvious Peter is also attempting to work out what Jesus has to do with human's relationship to God. He is illustrating how the relationship is different and the role Jesus played in the process of that relationship changing. Peter is saying something that Jews of that day were not saying--God shows no partiality. And that message was new starting with John the Baptizer, leading to Jesus's teachings and death and resurrection. Because of John, Because of Jesus, the relationship of God to the world is different.
And in the passage from Luke we don't actually see Jesus on that first Easter morning. We really don't even have any good or direct commentary about how the relationship with God might be different. What we do see is several people who actually had a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ...people who had laughed and eaten with him, people who had literally sat at his feet and learned from him, people who had deserted him, and people who at that moment were desperately mourning him. These people who hugged him and then cried as he died found themselves finding an empty tomb. And it was in that moment that they began to process and understand how their relationship with God had dramatically changed.
Is God still an active presence, still moving in the world? Or was his activity in the birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus his last dramatic presence and movement? If we have a personal relationship with Jesus, how does that impact how the world works? Does it impact how we see the world?
We want to be awed by your power
and see it every day:
And we want to be shocked at times
by the unimaginable:
water turned to wine
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