“The New Testament writers speak as if Christ’s achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the ‘first fruits,’ the ‘pioneer of life.’ He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so. This is the beginning of the New Creation: a new chapter in cosmic history has been opened.” – C.S. Lewis, Miracles
“He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” Genesis 3:11
The moment of curse. The shame. The violation. The removal of the relationship that was good. The pity. The brokenness.
Blood was shed to cover their nakedness. They were given a promise of resolution… One day it, He, would come.
“We are all the same. We have plucked fruit from that forbidden tree. We have proudly declared that we know best, that we can take care of ourselves. We have crowned ourselves deities. “Have you eaten from the tree?” Oh, yes and yes, over and over again in ways both glaring and hidden.”
“But the God-man has been slain. The Lamb’s blood has been spilt, and it covers us. Ours rags have been replaced with his robes. The garden has been reopened; we’ve been invited back in. “Here, eat of this, it will give you life.”
“Eat from the blessed tree, dear friend. Eat and eat and never stop. When you are hungry for something else, something more, something new, run to that tree. Stay there; rest in his shade. The door is open; the meal is ready. Sit down and eat.”
Let us celebrate this Easter, and every day. It is finished. He is ours, we are his. Enjoy!
Lenten devotion from Comforts from the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick. Day 31.
My first Easter as a father and it was great. Of course any time I get to spend a few days with my wife and daughter is extremely valuable to me but this weekend we got to celebrate Christ’s resurrection together and eat some candy (unrelated I assure you.) Stacy has a full recap on the family blog.