No matter how prepared we think we are, we are never quite prepared for the shock of resurrection. We must not domesticate the event. It is wild and untamed, unforeseen and unexpected. It casts its shadow (or better, light) on all that precedes it. Easter should always come as a surprise. Yet it is the only event that makes sense of all that Jesus taught.
Though Mark’s abrupt, awkward ending offers no closure and no happily-ever-afters, it still offers good news. Jesus is alive. All is forgiven. A new start is possible. Jesus goes before us. If we want to see him, we, like the disciples, must also renew our commitment to follow him.
Because of Christ’s resurrection, we do not share in Sisyphus’ horrific and maddening fate. Our actions are not pointless, meaningless, and empty of significance. With faith in God’s promise of future resurrection, we passionately give ourselves to the Lord’s work, for we know that our labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Though we are slowly being transformed into Christ’s image in the present, we await complete transformation into Christ’s likeness in the future. This final transformation occurs “in a moment.”The great “mystery” is that God will, in an instant, completely restore and renew our humanity to be suited to dwell in God’s immediate presence in new creation.
One cannot imagine a greater nightmare than to be doomed to eternal existence as a reanimated corpse – a zombie. For many modern people, this is exactly what comes to mind when they initially consider the idea of bodily resurrection. They are, quite understandly, revolted at the prospect. But this is not resurrection from a biblical perspective…