A wonderful quote from Robert L. Wilken’s The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: “The Resurrection of Jesus is the central fact of Christian devotion and the ground of all Christian thinking. The Resurrection was not a solitary occurence, a prodigious miracle, but an event within a framework of Jewish history, and it brought into being a new community, the church. Christianity enters history not only as a message but as a communal life, a society …”
This year, the Eastern churches and the Western church will both celebrate Easter on the same day. (The East and the West have followed different calendars for a long time.) What a wonderful reminder that we are part of the same Body of Christ! Even though we may have strong disagreements with each other (and may even doubt whether those “other churches” are even Christian), we will all be remembering and celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the same day! This the fact which has changed human history. This is what creates a new society of redeemed people.
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). Let’s live like it!