On that first Easter morning the disciples met with the Risen Jesus. They struggled to convey exactly what they experienced. He was flesh and blood yet on one occasion they didn’t recognise him and on another he appeared and disappeared in the same room. He cooked and ate with them and taught them. The only language the disciples felt they could use of this occurrence was resurrection. Jesus was the ‘first fruits’ and the beginning of the re-making and renewal of ALL things. His body was ‘imperishable’, ‘immortal’ and ‘spiritual’ (1Cor 15.53).
If Jesus was making all things new, restoring the whole of creation then he also is making US, our bodies and lives new. Paul writes: ‘If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone and the new has come!‘ As Romans 8 unpacks ‘You are not contolled by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you….But if Christ is in you your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who lives in you‘.
This renewal of our bodies and spiritual lives empowers us to live demonstrating the values of the Kingdom as writen in Colossians. It invigorates our imaginations to see the world afresh. It empowers us to ‘love our neighbour’ and ‘treat others as we would be treated’. It draws us to the lost, oppressed, and hurting and helps us stand up to structures and authorities where injustice rules. It empowers us to challenge those rulers in charge of unfair systems that damage and cause pain ‘A new world is here; your time is up’. We can pray ‘Your Kingdom come; your will be done’.
But this isn’t some kind of cheap social justice, a sticking plaster to that only touches this surface. Jesus’ life death and resurrection got to the very root of the problem. On Good Friday he ‘disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, trimphing over them by the cross‘ (Col 2.15) and rose to life, pouring in the Kingdom of God on Easter Sunday. All this is only possible in Jesus name and in relationship with him.