A New Jerusalem that Springs from Our Hearts


New Jerusalem

 Week #6 Apostles’ Creed: “on the third day he rose from the dead…”

The remarkable thing about the Resurrection is that no one actually sees it. We hear in Matthew about  “a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and…rolled back the stone…” in Mark the angel speaks; “He has risen!” in Luke there are two men who ask; “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”, and in John the disciples find empty strips of linen and a folded burial cloth and we hear Jesus ask the question: “why are you crying? who is it you are looking for?”

But the actual moment it occurs is left to our imagination. This is why, I believe, there are so many paintings of His birth, death and burial, but very few of the Resurrection. The above detail is one of my favorites because I love how Matthias Grunewald captures the idea of Jesus as being light…pure energy.

This Easter let us pause to consider how we might see Jesus’ Resurrection all around us….

I want to encourage you to see him in new and surprising ways this year:

Maybe see Jesus as he is born in the hopes and dreams of those around us;

see him too in the beauty of the new growth in Spring…

Begin to see Jesus in the sunrise that announces a fresh and unspoiled day full of possibilities each day as you rise.

or see him when you notice someone stepping out of their comfort zone, their safe place, to answer a call to duty.

Perhaps we might see Jesus in those overcoming addictions to walk with a new confidence and purpose in their step….

or see him when a loved one has renewed strength and revived health.

See Jesus when a young one begins to shine with brightness in their eyes with a new enthusiasm for learning.

Yes, Jesus is resurrected everyday, all around us and his song of victory never ceases to give us courage to move onward.

Can you think of other examples that you might add to my list?

As we continue to grow in our seeing, let us fill our prayers this week with a new kind of song, one that is filled with hope for the future because:

The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Psalm 118: 22-24

These sounds of hope and glory are expertly captured in Hubert Parry’s setting of : “And did those feet in ancient time” better known as Jerusalem.

The British sing this at every major event in their calendar year and it speaks of a New Jerusalem planted in England. I had renewed love for them this week as I felt their pride and I thought:  maybe the world would be a much brighter place if we all learned to sing each others anthems….just a thought:)

And did those feet in ancient time walk upon England’s mountains green?

And was the Holy Lamb of God on England’s pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine shine forth upon our clouded hills?

And was Jerusalem builded here among these dark Santanic mills?

William Blake

Happy Easter!



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