Easter has come and gone, but at Desiring Virtue, we are stopping to contemplate just what we were celebrating in the first place. Today we look at another blessing that is a result of Christ’s death and resurrection: the ability to believe the impossible.
Do you remember that old 90′s television show “Touched by an Angel” staring Roma Downey? When I saw that Downey was a part of the History Channel’s The Bible series I was taken back to my childhood days of watching her character (a sort of guardian angel) intervene in the lives of countless needy people.
Each episode would chronicle a man, woman, or family in the middle of a spiritual crisis who needed to know that God was there, that God cared. I fondly remember how each show would end by Downey revealing her “secret” angelic identity while a soft spotlight slowly began to beam down on her auburn head. “I am an angel sent from God,” she would say as she dispensed some much needed encouragement to the mortal she was sent to help.
Of course the theological premise of the show was sketchy (to say the least) and though Christian themes ran through many episodes, the gospel was conveniently left out. The show capitalized on an audience that believed, or at least wanted to believe in a higher power. It catered to the world of God-believers, though not Christ-worshippers.
It would appear from its ratings and nine season run, that the perception of God as someone who would intervene in your life when necessary and who cared about your good was quite popular. There seems to have been a general appreciation for the notion that God loves his creation and wants the best for it.
Fast forward to today. Can you even imagine a show like this being broadcast to the general public? These days, people who firmly believe in God are not just viewed as “needing a crutch” as they used to, but are instead viewed as downright loony. The idea of a God who cares for his creation is a nice thought, but utterly unrealistic. After all, we believe in science and the scientific method not something as infinitely difficult to understand as God. The possibility of a Father God who created men and women in his own image, who is completely good and without evil is… well… impossible.
When I look back to the first Easter Sunday–the day when Jesus rose from the dead–I see the impossible becoming possible.
When Christ rose from the grave, conquering death itself, he proved he was God incarnate (the God who took on human flesh). In one miraculous display of power, he proved that it is not folly to believe in the unseen spiritual realm. Though men killed “the Author of life,” God raised him from the dead. (Acts 3:15) Though it seems ridiculous to our modern ears to believe in an unseen God who loves his creation and desires their good, Jesus’ bodily death and physical resurrection prove that it would indeed be folly not to believe it.
This Jesus who allowed himself to be hung on a cross to satisfy the wrath of God against sin, says that he did so because God “so loved the world.” (John 3:16) What love our Heavenly Father has for us! Though we were rebellious children constantly denying his love and authority, he sent his eternal beloved Son to die on our behalf so that we could be brought back into the family.
God loves us. He loves us with an incomprehensible kind of love that is proven by Christ’s death and resurrection. I can be confident of his affections because he didn’t even spare his own Son, but instead gave him up to death and judgement on my behalf. “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
I can see that God loves me through the cross of Christ, and I can believe that this love is real because of the testimony of his resurrection.
Because of Easter I can believe the impossible.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1 ESV)
More posts from the Because of Easter… series: Because of Easter… I’m Alive, Because of Easter… I am Reconciled, Because of Easter… I can Serve with Joy! and Because of Easter… I Can Be Honest About My Sin.