March 31, 2013

What's Your Role: Sang de Jésus

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Today, the season of Lent is over and we celebrate those three words - He is Risen! Throughout the season of Lent, we have posted a devotional series written for us by Johan Plug - a missionary currently serving in Benin.  

Johan and Marijke Plug are serving the Eglise Reformee Confessante au Benin (ERCB) as advisory pastor and pastor's wife/social worker. They are being sent out by an organization called De Verre Naasten as well as the Reformed churches in the Netherlands.

He has been exploring what it means for us to find our God-intended, authentic roles in His Kingdom plan.  Here is the final, resurrection post.

Infinite love laid Jesus down in a stranger’s garden, after innumerable sins had nailed him to an angry cross. In our garden there is a plant of which it is said locally that the markings after which it´s named represent the drops of Jesus’  blood. It appears but once a year, in the weeks leading up to Good Friday. And then, amazingly, at Easter, through the spattered red of the sang de Jésus a shrouded shape comes forth, which within three days bursts open in translucent purity, silent witness to the miracle of resurrection.

Don´t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Rom 6.3,4)

Baptized into Christ Jesus, we have been united with him in his death. He died, we died. His blood, our blood: spattered round the angry cross as full payment for a life not truly lived. Baptized: dead with him. And we all know: death cannot bring forth life. And yet it does. If we died with Christ, the apostle assures us, we believe that we will also live with him. The shroud does not enfold our old self, a body of sin, but a new self: us, raised from death in the purity of Jesus. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.

The sang de Jésus is a silent witness. But let us not remain silent. Raised to new life with Jesus, let us truly live, witnesses in a world which needs not only the infinite love of Good Friday, but also the Easter miracle of resurrection.


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