843 Acres Reader’s Choice: His Resurrection Gives Meaning to Our Work

by Bethany

Reader’s Choice | This week and next, we’re featuring “Reader’s Choice” to promote our 843 new readers campaign. Different readers will share their favorite posts and why they liked them. We hope this blesses you … and perhaps encourages you to help us reach our goal!

Reader: Brendan Sullivan | Why I like this post: We have been invited by the God of the universe to participate in His sovereign plan for renewal.  As we read in 1 Corinthians 9, “[W]e are co-workers in God’s service.”  How amazing is that!

843 Acres Reader’s Choice: His Resurrection Gives Meaning to Our Work
Highlighted Text: Matthew 28:18-20
Full Text: Jeremiah 14Matthew 28

Commissioned | Jesus walked the Via Dolorosa alone and then died on the cross alone. After he was crucified, his body was prepared for burial [pic] and then laid in a tomb [pic]. Three days later, when the Jews were celebrating the Feast of First Fruits, Jesus was raised as the first fruits of our resurrection [1]. He appeared to his disciples, saying, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” [2].

Meaningful | We are not merely forgiven in Christ; we are also commissioned in him: “We are the ones through whom the unique victory of Calvary is to be put into practice in all the world” [3]. When Paul wrote of Jesus’ resurrection, he didn’t say, “Christ is raised. Therefore, be assured that there’s life after death.” Instead, he said, “Christ is raised. Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” [4].

Work | How does his resurrection connect with our work not being in vain? N.T. Wright explains, “What was begun at the resurrection of Jesus will be continued until it is thoroughly finished … In the Lord, your labor is not in vain. When God’s new world is finally revealed, what you have done to bring healing and hope, beauty and joy to your bit of the world will shine out as a glorious part of the rich tapestry of the new creation. And the wounds and scars which result from announcing Jesus’ lordship in a world where other lords guard their territory with tanks, bombs and laws will be the sign that we have fought Jesus’ battles with Jesus’ weapons” [5].

Prayer | Lord, You call us to make disciples of the nations, living out the gospel in our lives. In Christ’s resurrection, we know that our present work is not in vain. Therefore, we work as your hands and feet to bring the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, knowing that you are making our work into a beautiful tapestry that will be unfurled at the end of this age. Give us a vision of that tapestry so that we might endure in pursuing the great commission. Amen. [6]

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More about Brendan:  Brendan Sullivan has lived in New York City for six years and works in the venture capital industry.  He is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and has been reading the Park Forum blog for two years. In his free time, he enjoys spending time in Central Park.
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On the M’Cheyne reading plan, our reading today is Jeremiah 49 and Psalm 26-27.

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Footnotes

[1] See 1 Corinthians 15:20 (where Paul calls Jesus’ resurrection the first fruits of our resurrection, directly calling into mind the Jewish high holiday of the First Fruits, see First Fruits, Wiki).  |  [2] Matthew 28:18-20 ESV  |  [3] Mr. N.T. Wright. The Way of the Lord: Christian Pilgrimage Today (p. 105). Kindle Edition.  |  [4] 1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV  |  [5] Mr. N.T. Wright. The Way of the Lord: Christian Pilgrimage Today (p. 110, 117-118). Kindle Edition. For additional reading on how our work today will be seen in the age to come, see Richard Mouw. When the Kings Come Marching In.  |  [6] For a wonderful worship hymn in response to this reflection, see O Holy City, Seen of John.

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