The resurrection of Jesus Christ ushers in the New Creation, a world in which God’s purposes are realized, healing is available, and love reigns. The culmination of this New Creation lies ahead of us, when Christ shall return in triumph and “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev 21:4 NIV). Even though we are waiting for its fulfillment, by faith we know this has broken in because of Christ’s victory over the grave.
In the Church Year we are invited to bask in this reality through the forty day season of Easter. We spent Lent rooting out the rocks, plucking up the thorn bushes, and watering the hard places in our hearts. The good news of Easter is that the work is done. Christ has accomplished all and we are beneficiaries of his good work. “For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom 6:9-11 NIV).
You are hereby invited to rest and celebrate. Take time to feast, to smile, to take joy in God’s goodness in Christ and in creation. Bless friends, family, neighbors, and enemies. If one may be so bold to suggest it, take a day off of work. Now is the time for great joy. Work lies ahead of us as the King invites us to join in the expansion of His Kingdom. But for now we celebrate.