Buscamos inspiração na pessoa de Jesus para fazermos a nossa jardinagem do espírito. Ele foi o jardineiro por excelência. Soube cultivar as sementes da fé para produzirem plantas que fornecem abrigo e sustento. Este blog é um esforço para fazer a nossa jardinagem das passagens bíblicas à luz de Jesus que é digno de servir como nosso modelo.
Convidamos os leitores a aprenderem com ELE e fazerem a sua própria jardinagem.
sexta-feira, 12 de dezembro de 2014
THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
Why do you look
for the living among the dead?
He is not here;
he has risen!
Luke 24:5b-6a (read 24:1-12 below) – NIV
According to Luke, early on the first day of the week
some women went to the tomb to care for the body of Jesus. They were filled
with astonishment to find that the tomb was empty! Luke reports that inside the
tomb, two men appeared to Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Mary the mother of James
and asked, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?" and
added, "He is not here; he has risen!"
Regardless of our interpretation of the resurrection,
these words have a very deep meaning. Human beings have a tendency to seek life
in "tombs" where it no longer exists.
There is a Latin phrase, "rigor mortis" (rigidity
of death) which describes the characteristic of a corpse. Flexibility is
characteristic of life, stiffness of death. The body of a child is incredibly
flexible. In the course of life the body slowly loses its flexibility and the
elderly become stiffer and stiffer. Stiffness becomes absolute in death. The tomb
is a place to keep corpses and stiffness is the norm. Jesus is not found in
There are many graves outside the cemetery. Religiousness
can become a "tomb" of the human spirit. When religion is afraid of
change and promotes rigidity of dogma, doctrines and standards of conduct and
tries to standardize people it becomes a spiritual graveyard. Any group that
thinks it owns the absolute truth, that considers everyone else to be wrong or
inferior and tries to mold its members into a fixed pattern becomes a spiritual
ossuary. Conservatism, Liberalism, Pentecostalism, Charismatic movements or any
ism can become a spiritual cemetery. People can use the name of Jesus, call him
Lord, cast out demons and perform miracles, but Jesus is not among them or even
knows them (Matthew
7.21-23). Any stiffness is a
sign of death. Those who are alive leave the cemetery. The dead remain.
True resurrection is more than a hope of life after
death. It is already a reality here and now! It is liberation from the rigidity
of spiritual death. It is power to overcome barriers. It is spontaneous action and
is motivated by love. It is liberation from being a slave-like servant of a
demanding God and becoming a child who enjoys the hug of a Divine Daddy/Mommy. It
takes us to new paths. It is the privilege of accepting everyone as brothers
and sisters and living together in solidarity. It is the privilege of being a citizen
of a Kingdom that has no boundaries and that includes all creation as God's
Luke 24:1-12 – New International Version (NIV)
JESUS HAS RISEN
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took
the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled
away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the
Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes
that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed
down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look
for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he
told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be
delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be
raised again.’” Then they remembered his words.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the
Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of
James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not
believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter,
however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen
lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.