The Comforts of the Grave

I ended yesterday’s post with an intentionally provocative statement that nobody jumped on at all.  I love it when that happens.  I said it, however, with the thought that it would be my topic for today’s post, and since I can’t get it out of my mind, you, dear reader, are stuck hearing my prolost profundity again today.

“Of course, to get loosed, we must first be willing to step out of the comforts of the grave…”

Gives a whole new meaning to “roll tide”

Final resting places have come a long way since Lazarus was laid on a rock slab in a cave.  We’ve worked really hard to make sure that our graves are plush and reflect our proclivities in this life.  We may not bury our leaders with an army of terracota soldiers, but I’ve seen plenty of personal affects included in the caskets of loved ones.

Of course, this post isn’t really about dead people: at least not physically dead ones.  Instead, I’m pondering what it means to be comfortable in our graves as spiritually, emotionally, relationally dead people?  Worse yet, what about the relative comfort of entire communities of faith that are dead to the Spirit of God – waiting only for the great by and by so that everything can finally get put right.

Just outside the Bethany city walls, Jesus was the resurrection and the life, and he still is today.  He calls us to leave the comfort of our graves and to live with him in the resurrected life.  It isn’t easy, this resurrected life, because it means we are still living, breathing, feeling people.  It means we might get our heart broken as we seek to serve the poor, the outcast, and the oppressed.  It means that we might find push back as we call our communities of faith to resurrected life.  It means we might go places and meet people that we would have hoped we’d never meet as we share the Good News that Christ is Risen!

Maybe this is what Lent is all about.  The word itself carries a deep meaning of lengthening.  At least here in the northern hemisphere, apparently the only hemisphere anybody cares about, the days are getting longer and the sun is getting brighter.  The stone has been rolled away from our tombs and Jesus is inviting us out into the light.  Leave the comfort of your grave, be loosed, and enjoy the life of the Kingdom.  Today.

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