April 16, 2017
Text: John 20:1-18[i]
When I accepted the invitation to share this morning, a phrase kept coming to me, to the tune of a Billy Joel song: "I'm in a Resurrection State of Mind."[ii] At first I was amused at my own silliness. But then I started to wonder what does that mean? What is a Resurrection State of Mind anyway? 1 Corinthians 2:16, tells us that, as believers, we "have the mind of Christ,” meaning that we are to order our thinking, our inner lives, according to Christ's example. In turn, putting on the mind of Christ leads to actions that are also ordered in accordance with Christ’s example, and God's desire. If we submit ourselves to the lordship of Christ, both Romans 6:4 and Colossians tells us that we are both buried and raised with Christ. Here's what Colossians 2:12-13 says:
12 And having been buried with Christ in baptism, you were raised with Christ through your faith in the power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13When you were dead in your trespasses and ... your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ.