NIV Romans 4:22-24 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness– for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
The resurrection of Jesus from death is what makes the Christian story Good News. It moves our faith from the realm of simply ethical living or one of many pre-scientific religions that serve to easy the mental strain of that which cannot be explained to a blessed hope. Not a hope of maybe but a hope of certainty.
The resurrection is viewed by secular science as a myth because it goes against the known “knowledge” that science depends upon. It is a miracle, a seeming violation of the laws of science.
The journey of Lent would be a journey of futility, a journey of toward a foolish, avoidable destiny if not for the resurrection that spells is end and a new beginning. We who are now willfully engaging in this journey of faith live in the knowledge of this miracle and the promise that this miracle is ours as well.
In making the resurrection a foundational truth upon which we seek to live our lives is “credited” to us as righteousness. Again, this is not simply thinking that the resurrection is true but living in the hope it gives. Living this way should motivate us toward building in our lives the things which will be part of our eternal character rather than just living in the delusion of meaning this world pushes as the truth.
Resurrection oriented thinking and living is not easy. It requires preparation. It requires attention and intentionality. It is a call to spiritual formation and spiritual discipline. This is focus of Lent. May we be diligent in our efforts.