What to Expect to When You’re Expecting

“This past Sunday we witnessed the “critical point in human history”, according to NT Wright. In other words, when Jesus exited that empty tomb something happened that might just surprise you. For many the Easter story is simply a narrative about life after death because isn’t that what Jesus did on that very first Easter Sunday – came back from the dead? And because we are “heirs” with Christ (as Paul says in Romans) are we not also promised to experience what He experienced – that we too will one day die but will also live again with Jesus in Heaven? For many, Heaven then seems to be the Goal and Final Destination of the believer. We want to walk the golden streets, relax in the clouds and look down after we are gone and assist our living relatives by pulling them out of the way of speeding cars. It’s what we expect, when we are expecting, but our passage this morning and even the story of the empty tomb gives a very different picture. These are not accounts, as we often believe – about life after death – but are, in reality, stories about “life after life after death”…