“Resurrection only works on the dead.” I don’t know who wrote this originally, but Pr. Matthew Erickson of Calvary Lutheran Church reminds me of this truth, every now and then. It is good to remember that death is not the end when one is “in Christ.” Death does not mean Game Over, for God. God brings life out of death, again and again.
During the Wednesdays in Lent, we have journeyed with the Children of Israel through the wilderness, led by Moses, guided by God. They are first freed from slavery in Egypt and sent into the wilderness to be changed by God, who is wild. God defeated the super-power of the day, Egypt, and talked to Moses on a mountain in a desert and rained food down from the sky. This sounds pretty wild to me! God can do whatever God wants and can favor whomever God wants. God is totally free. Our attempts to domesticate and control God, notwithstanding.
God re-created his people. They were a slave people, and he made them into a holy nation, and a warrior people. They conquered the land that was promised to them, and they were to be a light to the nations. Their job was to connect other nations, and other peoples to God.
There is so much going on in the world that distracts us and seems to be so much more pressing than our relationship with our wild God.
But the more connected we are with God, the better we are able to deal with the wild things that are going on in our world and in our lives. There is peace, and power, and grace that comes with spiritual health and connection with our creator. There is even resurrection from the dead. When we confess on Easter Sunday that Christ is Risen! We are confessing more than a historical fact. We are confessing a present reality. The risen Christ is the one who connects us, to God and to one another and to ourselves. It is Christ crucified and risen who gives us life and meaning and purpose as we live in this wild world and face death.
You may not be able to control or even predict what God will do next, but you can trust God,… as wild as that sounds.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, Amen.
God’s peace, Pr. Bob Albing