Don’t Go “Back to Normal.”

We are now a few weeks removed from the Easter celebration of our resurrected Lord and Savior.  For most of us, things are probably settling back to normal.  The eggs have been found and the butterflies released.  We are back in our pre-Lent routines.  Perhaps this even includes some sporadic church attendance and an occasional thought of God’s role in our lives.  However, let me suggest a new “normal.”

During the Maundy Thursday service I was moved by Mike Kinnebrew’s rendition of “In Christ Alone.”  So moved that I have not been able to get the song out of my mind these past weeks.  Have you ever looked at the lyrics?  Have you ever listened to any of the renditions on YouTube or Spotify?  It is something that I recommend, highly.  I have listened to just about every version, but none was as moving as what I heard that Thursday night from Mike.

 

In particular, I love the second verse:

“In Christ alone, who took on flesh

Fullness of God in helpless babe

This gift of love and righteousness

Scorned by the ones He came to save

‘Til on that cross as Jesus died

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid

Here in the death of Christ I live”

 

So that brings me to this question:  “Who are you?”  Are you going to go back to your previous ways of putting Christ in a corner to only be called on when it is convenient or when you are in need?  Are you going to be one of those who scorn the one who came to save you?  Or will you take the gift that you have been given and allow Christ to work a transformation in you?  Verse 3 of the song includes the powerful “And as He stands in victory/ Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me/ For I am His and He is mine/ Bought with the precious blood of Christ.”  Sin has been defeated.  We have been ransomed with the blood of Christ.  We are His.  So, instead of going back to life “as usual,” let’s move forward in this post-Easter period as true disciples of Christ – as a forgiven people who are free to share the love and grace that we have been given with those around us.  To practice “Kokua” as Dr. Asbell talked about this past Sunday.  As we move forward this year, let’s all practice a new “normal” standing in the power, love, grace, and glory of our risen Christ.

 

 

G. Grant Greenwood