The Gospels tell us that neither heaven, nor resurrection, nor eternal life is reserved exclusively for some distant future. They can all, to some extent, be known in the here and now. The glory of God breaks through the veil of our human limitation. These experiences may come as major turning points in our lives (as for the disciples in Mark 9:2-10), or as the many little nudges we get through an awareness of God’s Presence in the midst of daily life. How we experience this though depends upon the God that we believe in. If we see God only as the Almighty, the All-powerful, we may ‘see’ God in the crushing of our enemies, in our victories and triumphs. However, any emphasis on the power of God needs to be balanced by an equally strong emphasis on the love of God. Then we see that God’s victory comes, not through the exercise of naked power, but through the power of love. Love knows we can’t have the joy of Resurrection on Easter Day without the crucifixion pain of Good Friday. We can’t know the gift of eternal life and still go on living in a selfish, desire-dominated way (Romans 8:6-10). Our ego-centred pride has to give way to Christ-centred humility (Mark 10:43-45). We face death with the assurance that if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells within us, we too shall be raised to a resurrection of the kind that we celebrate at Easter (Romans 8:11). By the love and power of God, we have already been raised to live the new life through Christ.
- “The glory of God breaks through the veil of our human limitation.” What are the human limitations that prevent us from “seeing” God?
- Why is it so important to keep in balance both the power and the love of God?
- What do you understand Jesus as saying in the words, “I am the resurrection and the life”?
- Read or sing Graham Kendrick’s hymn The Servant King (256 in Together in Song).