The Spirit of Easter

It’s still Easter.

Easter is when the Spirit of God exerted the greatest power of all. A person dead for days was raised up to new life.

If Christians have a life-giving Spirit, it is only because the Spirit we have first gave life to the crucified Christ.

Because the Spirit is the Spirit of the Resurrected One, it is the Spirit who can make us sons and daughters of God. The Spirit’s first great son-making act was when it raised Jesus, enthroning him at God’s right hand as God’s Son (Rom 1:4).

This was a recreation of humanity as God’s sons and daughters, so that all who, by the Spirit, are in Christ are being transformed into that new image of God. And we all have a foretaste of our coming resurrection, in which we will be God’s adopted children (Rom 8:23), because the Spirit has made us such children even now (Rom 8:14).

It is Easter so long as God has children who cry out to God as Father upon the earth. Because our cry is the overflow of the resurrection life of Christ, poured out on us all by the Spirit.

It is Easter so long as God has children who obey God as Father upon the earth. Because our obedience is the fruit of newness of life that makes possible what was previously impossible. And this new life is the life of the resurrected Christ, poured out on us by the Spirit who raised him from the dead.

It is Easter so long as God has children who hope in God upon the Earth. Because our hope is the sure expectation that what has begun in Christ is not yet complete, and will not be and cannot be complete, until we fully participate in it. And this hope is stirred up within us by the Spirit who was sent to make good Jesus’ own hope when he was faithful to death, even death on the cross.

It is Easter so long as God’s children experience the Spirit upon the earth. Because the Spirit is the promise received by the resurrected Christ and poured out by the Risen One on the church. And this Spirit is the one who directs us all to confess that Jesus is the resurrected Lord.

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