The Revolutionary Hope of Easter
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been brought up hearing a very limited view of what Christianity is all about. Many of us have been taught what USC philosophy professor Dallas Willard calls the “gospel of sin management.” It goes something like this: “Jesus came to save me from my sins so that I won’t go to hell when I die.” Presented in this narrow fashion, Christianity is little more than eternal “fire insurance” which leaves most of life untouched by God’s love and redemption. We believe in Jesus so that we can be forgiven and so that we can go to Heaven after we die. Now, forgiveness is an amazing thing. So is Heaven. But the Good News of Jesus, and of Easter, is about so much more. It is “bigger and better” than what you’ve probably been told.
Jesus gave his life 2,000 years ago to bring resurrection to this broken and unjust world.
Just as He rose again on the third day which we call Easter, so we receive resurrection of our souls the moment we place our trust in Him and dedicate ourselves to following Him. We find life. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
From this inward transformation of our hearts, flows resurrection of society as we go out into the world to speak up against injustice, love the poor and marginalized, and transform the social institutions which are infected with the sins of racism, classism, and sexism. In Jesus’ name and authority we do this. This is what social justice giants like Cesar Chavez and MLK knew. And this was their power.
This is the hope of Easter—individual and social resurrection—begun 2,000 years ago in the empty tomb and to be completed by Jesus Himself when He returns. When Jesus returns, all of creation--including our physical bodies--will be resurrected, restored, and renewed, perfectly, forever. All things new. In God’s own words:
"Look, I am making everything new!" Revelation 21:5. Can you see it?
Robert Chao Romero