Mysteries into which angels long to look.

April 27, 2017


Easter leaves us with the joy of resurrection, but also with a deep mystery - one who is crucified but who yet lives, the end of the reign of death, and more questions than answers.


Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry, inquiring about the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated, when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the subsequent glory. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things that have now been announced to you through those who brought you good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look! - 1 Peter 1.8-12


We have this good news, Jesus lives, a mystery into which angels long to look.  Like Thomas, perhaps we can only look at the wounds, the scars.  But then we are drawn to look at the one who calls us from death to life, the one whose death and life we share.  And we see all of him, walking around, eating with us. And we follow him.


And as Peter said in his Pentecost sermon, we are witnesses of these things (Acts 2.32).  Jesus is right now raised up in our midst, and we see the one who died and who lives for us.


Art: Jesus Ascending, a freestanding stone sculpture at Bath Abbey, Bath, England, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved April 26, 2017]. Original source:









































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