“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).

The resurrection does not consist solely of what happened in the past, nor of what we happen to believe about it—those are not the essential things. We do not gain much by just accepting that Christ dies and rose again. This belief is of no help unless we experience Jesus as Lord. It is not the worst if some people are unable to believe that Christ rose from the dead—at least they still regard it as something tremendous. The sad thing is that so many people today claim to believe it, and yet it means so little to them. It has no effect in their lives. Our renewal is real to the extent that we find ourselves in an entirely different order. Again and again Christ rises anew. In what we know of the risen Christ, God wants to renew all things. His will is for the earth as much as it is for the heavens. Otherwise we would never know his reality. We could never conceive of anything becoming different. We would think that his resurrected life was some spiritual thing that we human beings could not understand. That is not the case. The power of the resurrection is something within our reach. New possibilities can dawn on us and the more we sense these, wither in our bodies or in our souls, the more we can ask for, the more we can look for higher and greater things here on earth. Actually, there are no limits. And for this reason, we can bring hope into everything. The power that comes from God is ready to be brought into our human situation, and in such a way as to transform it. Therefore, we must not turn our attention to the darkness, the evils, the imperfections of the earth, nor are we to try to figure out how this or that might turn out. All that has nothing to do with us. We are simply to ask Jesus to give us more and more of his resurrection, until it runs over, until the extraordinary powers from on high, that are within our reach, can get down to work on all that we do.

Adapted from Bread and Wine (Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt)