I’ve been playing a game for the last couple weeks called “What Was I Doing This Time Last Year?” It’s surreal to think how much change and challenge we’ve traversed this past year, how much confusion and uncertainty we’ve all lived with for months upon months. One thing I’ve tried to keep close, though, are words a friend shared last Easter: “We are resurrection people in a dying world.”
Those words echoed in my mind as I drove out to my family’s cemetery last Easter to leave a lily on a grave. The cemetery is the last remaining land of my family’s country roots. It used to be completely surrounded by pasture which has more recently been replaced by a neighborhood subdivision. This plot remains, though, and I’ve grown up going there in every season for workdays and picnics and burials. Last Easter, though, I saw something I’d never seen on the land before: wildflowers.
As I got out of the car and took in the sight, I couldn’t help but think what an audacious picture it was: wildflowers blooming on land that literally holds the dead. To me, wildflowers stand for new, shocking, unrestricted life and this felt, to me, like a picture of what Jesus does in us and what we’re called to be as His followers: life in a broken world, hope where you least expect it, wildflowers in the cemetery yard.
On this Monday after Easter, I wanted to share this picture and add extra wind to your sails with a few reminders of how Jesus’ resurrection changes everything.
“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. -1 Corinthians 15:55-57
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” -John 10:10
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. -Ephesians 2:13
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died — more than that, who was raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:31-39
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” -Revelation 21:5
We are resurrection people in a dying world. We are wildflowers in the cemetery yard. May your roots stretch deep into the God of hope as you let these truths continue to shape you and compel you to follow Jesus this week.