“He is risen! He is risen indeed!”
Many of us repeat these words on Easter Sunday morning, confident that our relationship with God is secure because of this miraculous, historic event—and rightly so. Christ’s incarnation, crucifixion and physical resurrection are cornerstones of human history and our faith. But consider how Thomas’ demand for physical proof of the resurrection affects our Monday-morning reality.
Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:24-29)
Had Thomas not demanded proof, we might erroneously think that Jesus’ resurrection was only spiritual—not physical. And this might lead us to conclude, along with most pagan worldviews, that the physical world and all its activities—politics, science, the arts, our daily work—are of secondary importance to God, if significant at all.
But now we know that Jesus’ body is present, physically alive and well, somewhere in God’s universe. What does this mean to us as we head to work on Monday?
Christ’s physical resurrection makes the entire physical world—and our existence in it—spiritually significant. As Dutch prime minister Abraham Kuyper proclaimed, “There is not one square inch of the entire creation about which Jesus Christ does not cry out, ‘This is mine. This belongs to me.’”
Please don't miss this resurrection reality—and opportunity. Every ordinary activity of every day can and should be enlivened by the Living Christ and done for His glory, from preparing breakfast to closing a sale, from completing a school assignment to changing a diaper, from plowing a field to solving a complex engineering problem.
Christ's interests extend far beyond our souls. Paul tells us in Colossians 1:19-20,
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: Which of your daily activities most need the touch of Christ's resurrection power? How would life change if you knew Christ was present?
PRAYER: Father, thank you for caring about more than my soul. I need your presence in the ordinary tasks that fill my day and I claim every physical place my feet step as your kingdom domain. Please give me a glimpse of Christ's resurrection power today in what I do.