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April 3, 2007 / beidson

Resurrection at the Breakfast Table

What’s a breakfast table good for? How about resurrection. Think about it. This is where your day begins, even if not at an actual table. This is where conversations happen. This is where people bump together. This is where life happens. And this is where the Spirit of Christ manifests his resurrection power in us.

In Ephesians 3, Paul prays that “according to the riches of his (the Father) glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (vv 16-19).

And this he prays to “him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us” (v 20).

This power at work within us is the resurrection power of Christ that overcomes sin and death, not only on the Day of Judgment, but in the early hours of the morning at the breakfast table, with your spouse and kids.

Do you allow the busyness of getting ready for the day to bring tension between you and your spouse and kids? Perhaps you spend time devoting yourself to fellowship with God before the sun rises, only to find yourself speaking harshly to your kids because they have “messed up” your schedule, or done something childish. Or perhaps you aren’t speaking to your spouse because of a misunderstanding. As James would tell us, “these things ought not be so” (3:10).

The resurrection is not a spectator’s event. All who are placing their hope in Christ are living now by the power of the resurrection; we are participants of this reality. This affects everything, from the way we worship on Sunday mornings, to the way we clean up our homes, to the way we leave the house, to the way we return home in the evenings. Moms, how do you cope with screaming children? Dads, how do you handle frustration in the workplace? The resurrection was not intended merely to get us out of our graves. It is intended to bring life wherever there is death: death in our thoughts, death in our words, death in our actions. The power of the resurrection goes “as far as the curse is found,” to the corners of the universe, to the corners of our homes, and to the corners of our minds.

Remember Peter’s words to us, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:3-5).

The resurrection has given us a living hope, guarding us until the “last time.” In the meantime, we will continue to eat scrambled eggs and toast at the breakfast table, remembering that a Man walked out of a tomb 2,000 years ago so that we might walk out of our homes today without sinning against the ones we love so much.

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