That’s Some Good News

Budding in Decay

Budding in Decay

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!           — 2 Corinthians 5 [nrsv]

My professor and missional mentor at Rochester College, Mark Love, has written a very succinct and inspiring post about the good news of Jesus, as the apostle Paul tells it. It’s worth a few minutes of your time.

 The death and resurrection of Jesus marked a dramatic turning of the ages. “Everything is passing away,” he says in 2 Corinthians. “Everything has become new.” The old age that is passing away was ruled by the powers of sin and death. But the coming age, the age of a new creation is ruled by God’s life, by faith and grace and the Holy Spirit. A different human life is possible under those conditions. Our life doesn’t have to be one of constant futility where we are always doing the thing we don’t want to do. A slogan for the old life under the powers of the old age might be, “the thing I hate is the thing I do.”

 

I am still trying to wrap my head around this idea that cross & resurrection of Jesus was “a dramatic turning of the ages.” I think I have a loose grip on it in my mind, but how do you communicate that because Jesus’ grave is empty, God’s future is bursting into our present? Anytime we write the day’s date, we are acknowledging that Jesus changed history—but it’s more than just about AD/BC or CE/BCE.

In this new age, what’s broken, dying, decaying, suffering, and messed up doesn’t have to stay that way. When God rolled the stone away, he ushered in the first act of new creation—life in the face of death that will one day overcome the cosmos.

I love Mark’s phrase “A different human life is possible under those conditions.” That brings me hope. Because God is working to bring about reconciliation and wholeness—we can work towards true human flourishing in equality and justice and peace. Because God is working to bring about restoration and new creation, we can artfully order the stuff of the world, care for and cultivate the land in wholeness.  Life in this new age is a life where our work and our art and our relationships and our passions have enduring power towards eternity.

That’s some good news.

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