Building With Rough Hands

Resurrection is not a do-over. We don’t move on as though nothing ever happened. No, redeemed life is a new kind of life. Jesus was resurrected with scars. The scars weren’t simply a reminder of the past; they were the pathway to the future. They were there to show that the cause of death had been consumed. The hatred of death had been healed over by the love of God. The resurrection wasn’t like a last-minute save by the divine goal-keeper. The scars gave testimony to the power of death… But life overcame death. Love overcame hate. Peace overcame war. The resurrection life needs death to remind us that the call to love our enemy not only means loving in the midst of scars but loving those who cause them.

A Christianity Worth Believing by Doug Pagitt

[Jesus said,] “Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock. But everybody who hears these words of mine and doesn’t put them into practice will be like a fool who built a house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It fell and was completely destroyed.”

Matthew 7:24-27 (Common English Version)


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