“Remember how he told you... that the son of man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.”
On the first day of your life,
or on the first day of the week,
or on the first day of the last day of your life,
Go to your death,
the empty tomb of your egoed self – your false person.
Go to your death and die to your old way of living – wrapped up in linen clothes of all kinds
which display your so-called power,
wealth, fame, prominence and self-righteous goodness.
Go to your death for then you will rise
on the third day or any day.
Go to your death in the terror of not knowing how you will rise again and again
to God’s peace, love and justice, and pursuit of a new sphere in this world
and certainly not of this falsely created world.
You entered this tombful death with your faces down
not with a good morning posture.
You entered this tombful death with the bow of grief and loss.
And in that posture of sadness and doubt,
whether through the angels of heaven,
or humanity at its finest,
or the neurons of the enlivened limbic brain,
“Remembered” His words,
“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains just a single grain,
but if it dies it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24)
A dying, resurrected Jesus brings new life!
A self dying to the old tricks of the human trade
and to repeated comparisons to some other person,
gives birth to a new creation.
A self dying opens one to be a new self and renewed life,
with enflamed hopes and fulfilled dreams.
A self dying is the way to resurrection.
This new self does not need to be examined
or questioned or accused of idle words by the privileged and powerful.
This new self is evidenced in acts of kindness,
in caring for all kinds of people and certainly for creation,
in building up others and in the pursuit of peace, love and justice
in the structures of power!
A crucified self is one who has died
to the fakey façade and to the preposterous person we claim to be
and has risen to be and live as a passionate, compassionate and empowered person,
called to fulfil their journey of life!