“And on the third day, he arose again from the dead.”
This blog is for those of us who are believers in the Judeo-Christian stories of how we came to be where we are today. For those who came looking for something else, feel free to take the day off. I’ll wish you a Happy Easter now.
For those of you who will be sticking it out until the end, I had a dream last night about the word “Waiting”.
Of all the infirmities that have ever been inflicted on mankind, I would say that the concept of time has to be one of the most annoying. Imagine living in the Garden of Eden and there was no such thing as the concept of time. You were free to do whatever you wanted (within limits of course) and time had no significance for you in any way.
The serpent had other plans though. Only one tiny idea filled his tiny little brain. How do you get these bipeds to come down to your level? They probably had no knowledge that there was any significance in their physical differences before the fruit found its way into their hands. Then came that day when they disobeyed and God decided that they should be cast out of the garden.
My feeling is that the knowledge they acquired included the first time they were aware of “time”.
From that first day, they were introduced to waiting. Waiting for the crops to grow. Waiting for the storms to pass. Waiting for news of a great battle. Waiting is a central theme all through the Bible.
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
15 Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.[b]
16 And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
in the place of justice—wickedness was there.
17 I said to myself,
“God will bring into judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time to judge every deed.”
18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath[c]; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”
22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?
What a great set up. What a curse. Once you know about time, it rules your life.
What are you waiting for today? Is there an alternative to waiting?
The bad news is that the system is rigged and you can’t escape the time dimensions we have built to support our state of being. For those of you who live in an area that has “Daylight Savings Time” you have the greatest physical reminder of this trap. How many clocks do you have to turn back or forward? Your house, your car, your watches, your office, your Church… thank goodness somebody figured out a way for computers and all of our other little electronic toys to turn themselves.
The good news is that the wait is almost over
When Christ rose from the dead, He defeated sin. He beat the clock. Most importantly, He promised He would be back. You don’t need to worry or fret about when that is because if He lives in your heart, the wait is already over. All you have to do is ask, accept, believe and the curse of time will be limited to the physical parts of your life.
Matthew 27: 16-20
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Christ is Risen…