The story of Jesus does not end with Jesus. It continues in the lives of those who believe in and follow him. We are not invited as spectators into God’s Kingdom but as participants: continuing what Jesus began in word, deed and power. God in us, God with us, and now God through us.
If history has taught us anything, it’s that despite opposition, suffering and persecution, God so loves the world that His good news to the world is UNSTOPPABLE!
The most eloquent testimony to the reality of the resurrection is not an empty tomb or a well-orchestrated pageant on Easter Sunday but rather a group of people whose life together is so radically different, so completely changed from the way the world builds a community, that there can be no explanation other than that something decisive has happened in history.
– Will Willimon