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The reality of the resurrection ought to shock us. Yes, the resurrection of Jesus is part of the gospel, Christians (should) talk about it all the time, and without it being true we are shown to be complete idiots (my summary of 1 Cor 15:14-19). Although it is the foundational event for our faith, we take it for granted and go about our lives ignoring this worldview-altering reality. If we personally believe that some guy was raised from the dead after three days in a tomb, that radically changes everything! It is a shocking reality all the more because by faith we are joined to Christ in his death and resurrection. This has deep implications for our worldview, our personal decisions, our future hope, pretty much everything. Read what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away–look, what is new has come!”. This brings me to the definition of a spiritual condition we find ourselves in after conversion known as anastasic shock…

Anastasic Shock: The spiritual condition where life and light are suddenly and immediately brought to bear on an otherwise dead subject by the Spirit of God, leading to a response of faith and resulting in new life.

firetreeNever heard of it? That’s because I made it up. The word “anastasic”, however it’s rooted in the Greek word for “resurrection”– anastasis. The purpose of this blog is to explore the shocking implications of new creation living in all aspects of life. The resurrection life has started now, we have been born again unto newness of life if we are in Christ. And that changes everything.

Consider Colossians 3:1-4…
So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

Being raised with Christ is a foundational truth to the Christian life, one that has serious implications for our lives that ought to bring about radical change. Why? Because this is the work God has been doing from the beginning, a work that we only contributed our sin to. The idea that we can raise ourselves is pretty ridiculous…

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The idea of raising ourselves is ridiculous because raising to life requires external power! God has always been at work taking the empty things and filling them up, taking darkness and making it light, taking dead things and breathing life into them, taking hopeless situations and redeeming them for his glory.

Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week, continuing God’s creative work in a 32_507987c6ea6ca206bf15e848c13e2c5enew creation that began with the first Adam, but is being redeemed under the second Adam. Jesus is the living shoot that comes out of the dead stump of Jesse, David’s father (Isaiah 11). Israel’s failure led to death, judgement (as seen in the image of a felled tree), and exile, but Jesus’ surprising victory over sin, death, and the evil powers of the world at the cross leads to new life for all those found in him. That is why union with Christ is foundational to new creation living. We must find our identity by faith in the new Adam, the initiator of the new creation, if we are to have new life. He is it’s only source, and we must not look to any other for satisfaction.

So that’s what this blog is about. Relishing the new life we have in Christ, pointing to the results of the in-breaking resurrection life that came at Christ’s own resurrection, and exploring a life of worship in light of that. I hope you enjoy the journey!

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