The Reality of Resurrection
Around this time of year, I notice a lot of people appreciating Resurrection as a concept, a symbol, a hypothesis. It’s easier to acknowledge the meaning and utility of Resurrection when we keep our distance. When we implicate the mind but not the body. It’s more difficult to admit that we find the faith of some of our dearest friends and colleagues absurd. More difficult, still, to name that there are some realms to which logic must bow. To accept that there comes a time when it’s necessary to confront the limits of our understandings and imaginations, not only of what’s possible (what can exist), but also of what’s real (what has already existed and can exist again). When people ask me, “What do you mean decriminalize? What do you mean decarcerate? What do you mean desegregate? What do you mean decolonize? those are not realistic objectives.” I say, “I mean what Jesus meant when He demonstrated that death and suffering and sin should not be the end of either spiritual or physical life. When, after being incarcerated and crucified on Friday night, He rose with power and glory on Sunday morning. I mean the reality of total and complete destruction and the reality of total and complete Resurrection.” Happy Easter.