So, what does it mean for our small community to demonstrate the reality of the Resurrection? What are we already doing that proclaims the reality of the New Creation which is already dawning?
Firstly, a community of the resurrection looks like our values from Colossians 3:
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:12-17, New International Version)
This vision of community – one which we symbolise in our gathering round the table every Wednesday – is at the heart of Resurrection living. This lived demonstration tells a world which is built around “me”, power, greed, despair and conflict that there is a greater power at work. This is a lived out ‘trailer’ for the final movie when God puts the world to rights. But this type of living is not something we can just ‘work at’ and accomplish. We need to be open to the Holy Spirit transforming and renewing our very bodies and lives – we also are a new creation (2Cor 5v17).