The Mystery of Faith

ResurrectionEvery Sunday we proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. During this Easter season the proclamation that Christ is risen takes on special significance for us, of course.

There is an interesting text in the scriptures that ties to this proclamation. In fact, this text was the Epistle reading on Easter Sunday this year. St. Paul tells us:

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is . . . for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. ~ Colossians 3:1, 3-4

Do you hear how the liturgy echoes the scripture? The Christ who died is now raised and he will be revealed again someday. But the scripture offers us an even deeper dimension: we also have died – with Christ – and we also have been raised with Christ, and we also will be revealed in glory when he comes again.

The mystery of faith is not only that something amazing happened to Christ. The mystery of faith is that we are bound up in, included in, and a part of what has happened Christ. His death is our death and his resurrection is our resurrection.

This is the power of the story of Jesus: the revelation that God the Father loves you as much as she loves her son Jesus Christ. God did not hide God’s face from Jesus or abandon him to the grave. By the mystery of faith you can therefore know that your life is hidden with Christ in God and that the Father will never abandon you.

~ Jonathan Stepp

3 comments so far

  1. Pat on

    Amen, Your sins are forgiven,go in peace,you are free!!! Allieua!!!!

  2. Jerome on

    Good one, Jonathan. We need to be reminded of this often, otherwise, it’s easy to slip into a functional dualism. And it’s a short step from there into legalism. In Christ – what assurance!

  3. Awesome article.

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