Resurrection Sunday Musing: God’s love shown in power demands response

Today, April 8th, 2012 was Resurrection Sunday, more commonly known as Easter Sunday. It is a central day to the Christian faith for it is the day we recognize the power of God. On Friday the focus is death, pain, and loss and the act of one in obedience in love meeting the demands of justice. One act engaged in to impact all of creation, making things right. However, that one act would be meaningless without what happened two days later. A tomb was found empty, death was overcome, and Jesus was alive. He rose again. Death meant nothing. God showed His power as his plan played out. A way was made. See God, up to that point could not interact face to face with mankind, for doing so he faced the twisting and distortion of His creation. He saw that which is good corrupted. Can you imagine looking at what you created and seeing the flaws? Knowing that there was much better that could have been in store. He real would be unbearable. So God did not just accept the corruption. He did not just wipe us all out. Sure, with a simple word, God could make all right. He could undo the curse and make everything as it should with a word. He could end pain and suffering in but a moment. No, he had a plan, one that would demonstrate His love and power. God made a way, so that which was corrupted can approach God’s thrown and interact with Him day to day. He had wanted Israel to hear his voice and listen, and they declined that option. Now, we have God with us, the Holy Spirit in residence when we turn to God in surrender. God’s plan is one that teaches and demonstrates His love and goodness. It allows us to learn and grow. It forces us to move one direction or another. God’s power demands response and action. One cannot be silent about something so powerful. One can accept what happened and submit for look for other explanations. See, there were stories and alternatives presented at the very beginning. For what God made a way. God did and what happened with the empty tomb throws everything in chaos. It forces a choice. Some say that incredible claims demand incredible evidence. There has never been any more incredible evidence than the empty tomb and lives changed, Lives standing for what happened through pain, death, and torture. Lives were changed and uprooted. Yet, people still just cannot believe, for it demand a choice an giving up of self and what one hold dear. God showed His Love and Power. The world changed that day and while the curse is still playing out every day God has a plan to make all things right, in due time. So while we await that great and powerful day, we live each day growing, learning, and enduring life amidst the curse. Yet, we do so knowing God’s love is amazing and we only get but a glimpse, yet each glimpse contains the fullness of God’s love and power impacting each of us day by day.

Resurrection Sunday Video’s for Meditation and Reflection

 Hope you are having a blessed Resurrection Sunday. Last year posted a variety of Video’s celebrating the Resurrection. Takes some time to review them: https://peacebringer7.wordpress.com/2010/04/03/resurrection-day-songs-of-worship/. This years approach is a little different. The videos being posted are really ones to meditate and reflect on what Jesus Resurrection means for us and the impact. There are some interesting pieces that are not quite as well known at least by me. Some comment will accompany each piece. So take some time and examine and see what God stirs in you. Then perhaps go back to the video’s posted last year and celebrate.

The starting point is a piece of music and choreography reflecting on our brokenness and the need for resurrection. The piece was created by Nicole Sponberg in 2008. The Dance is by a dance group, Selah Warriors:

From that piece the next one is passed on Psalms 30, a Psalm that really points to the resurrection. A key element of the psalm is that God will turn our mourning into dancing. The song is entitled Alright Psalm 30 and is by the group Tree63. (Apparently need to go to you tube to watch it, click on the video to watch it on you tube)

 Next up is a 5:00 minute sermon jam on the empty tomb and related facts. I do not know who the quotes are taken from, perhaps John Piper, but it worthwhile to listen and review the facts related to the empty tomb. 

 Next brings us to spend time focusing on God’s act of love and that Love Crucified Arose. This piece is by Michael Card and draws into the focus of what Jesus did and the importance of His resurrection and how the grave became a place of hope.

The next piece is from Hillsong United: My Redeemer Lives. It is a song of some celebration of what God has done with God conquering sin and His cleansing us from sin. (Apparently need to go to you tube to watch it, click on the video to watch it on you tube)

The celebration continues with a piece of music from Tim Hughes focusing on how Happy this Day is for each of us. (Apparently need to go to you tube to watch it, click on the video to watch it on you tube)

The next song really continues the meditation and celebration of the Resurrection. This is more widely know. It is Casting Crowns Glorious Day with focus on Jesus coming to this earth, died, and then rose again to justify us. It looks forward to His return, the next Glorious Day. (Apparently need to go to you tube to watch it, click on the video to watch it on you tube)

The next piece focuses worship to God Almighty for His actions, for the victory the resurrection provides. It is by a group called Forerunner and is based on Psalm 136 with the key phrase: His love/mercy endures forever.  

After focusing on giving thanks to God for His love that endures forever, the next piece of music is a worship song known as the Victory Chant.  It follows the Celebration and focus on Jesus return and surrender to the Lamb of God who is the Lion of Judah.

The last piece for meditation is a “flash mob” kind of experience. Last year in Budapest Hungary a worship dance was performed.  This year the plan is for the same dance to occur in multiple locations around the world. Information on this action is found at http://uptofaith.com/.  When I watch the video the Holy Spirit was stirred within me. It is the perfect video to draw this post to a close.  I hope you were blessed by the Music, let God stir within you what He will.  Celebrate the Resurrection:

(Disclaimer: Nothing is known of the varied groups the pieces of music included on this blog or the theology of the people who compiled the music.  The pieces of music were what God led me to include. The inclusion does not show support or promotion of theology of the people who created the pieces.)

Resurrection Sunday Musing: Suffering defeated!

      Today was Resurrection Sunday, the last day of Passion Week and the day we celebrate Jesus not remaining dead, but rising again, making it so that all may be free.  It is the day we set aside to folks on the Resurrection and Jesus making grace available to all.  He, one who was without sin, became sin for us.

     On the day he was crucified, even his closest followers were filled with doubt.   How could Jesus the Messiah die and suffer?  All were looking toward the toppling of evil and the establishing of the Kingdom of God, not realizing that the Kingdom of God is not about politics, not about dominion, not about power.  It was about the shedding of the innocent blood of the Lamb of God to open a way that all may be saved. 

    Today, many cannot see the truth of the sacrifice and resurrection.  They are filled with scorn and mockery for the do not grasp or understand the need for the cross. People are blinded to their own evil and wickedness, for many people do many good things.  However, any good deed falls short, for there is not one person who does not falter. 

    Many that mock and scorn the idea of Jesus as Messiah point to the suffering, the hurt, the pain, and the ill in the world.  How could a truly good and loving God allow all the pain, hurt, suffering, illness, poverty, war, tragedy, catastrophe, and all other aspects of life humanity views as bad is the frequent cry.  They expect a good and loving God would simply wipe away all suffering immediately, with one stroke.  They do not understand that God did just that at the cross. Sure pain and suffering are still ever presence.  Evil done from one man to another is constant.   No way could God have dealt with it all in one quick action. 

     Yet, in one three day span, all that was against God was defeated. The true victory won.  Now, pain and suffering still engulf the earth, but the days are numbered and growing ever shorter.  The reason for this is that the Lamb of God who was slain did not remain in the grave.  He conquered death and sin and provided away that all who accept may be redeemed.  God dealt with pain and suffering his way, in a way that demonstrates perfect love and provides an eventual end to suffering for all who accept the gift of Grace offered.  

The resurrection is the most significant day in humanity.  It is a day that I am most grateful for, because without the Cross and Resurrection I would be lost, with no hope, and no peace.   Yet, now I am truly at peace regardless of whatever is going on, even when I don’t feel at peace.  I know that all suffering is but temporary and the victory has already won.  And for this, I proclaim Hallelujah! Blessed be the Lamb of God who took my sin, so that I may be free.

Darkness to Light

There is a day where darkness fell

This day the Lamb was slain

Evil laughed

Victory declared

Earth shook

Dead walked

Veil torn in two

Then came the day

Darkness turned to light

Stone rolled away

Empty tomb

Lamb that was slain

Alive a new

Light grows

Evil moans

Sins paid

Hallelujah