We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our chorus!
Easter is the time in the year when we celebrate Christ’s triumph over sin and death. The Old Testament births a New Testament. Jesus saved humanity from the ravages of sin and the limitations of the law to save us. In so doing, he restores the possibility for each of us individually, communally and institutionally to play a role in bringing restoration to broken lives, creation, culture, work, recreation, you name it. We are agents for transformation. We seek in gratitude to salute Jesus as Lord of our lives.
This autumn season reminds us of the harvest. Teachers, we can see with our eyes the wonderful harvest God has performed through us in our schools, the lives of our teachers, students, and programs.
We are not there yet! The Kingdom of God does shine forth; but that does not exclude us from accepting that the Kingdom is not yet here in all its fullness. Brokenness still shadows us every day. The “harvest” may not always bear fruit, it may blemish on the vine or die on the branches; but the harvest persists. God’s eye is on eternity and there will come a time when earth is ready to receive heaven. Then the harvest will be complete.
We do not venture forth alone in our teaching vocation. By His spirit he empowers us. We do not operate in our own strength. We do know that the harvest is not of our own making but belongs to God alone. We are also empowered by working together. We are part, as a teaching community, of the church universal that seeks to bring healing and transformation to a world that God loves.
Hallelujah! What a wonderful mission! What a promise that we have been given!
Colossians 1:15-19 (NIV Translation)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
2 Corinthians 5:16-20a (From "The Message")
Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.
Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
How? You ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.