The resurrection reminds me that there won’t always be a tension between the man I am & used to be and the man I am & wish to be in Christ.
I’m tired of incoherence. I want my body and mind to work right and for them not to constantly feel at odds with and within themselves. I want to live a virtuous life despite my many vices. Even more, I just want to be in body & soul with Jesus.
The resurrection is at odds with both presumption and despair. What I mean is that, in Christ being risen, we neither have to succumb ourselves to the despair over our own seemingly permanent inconsistencies nor do we have to try to convince ourselves that our inconsistencies can be easily untangled or explained away.
The only other option in the face of such inconsistencies is to move forward in hope.
To press forward in hope requires honesty and confession. It requires us to boldly live knowing that this life before us is not all there is. By confessing that Jesus is risen and that one day we too will rise, we imply that we do not have to sort everything out. We do not have to have all our ducks in a row. We do not have to lie about our own inconsistencies, and yet neither do we have to resign to them.
The frustrations, the disappointments, the loneliness, the illnesses, the heartbreaks, the unfulfilled longings, the persistent sins and vices in ourselves, all the things that feel so profoundly incoherent with the ways things ought to be will not ultimately have the final word.
Because Christ is risen, we too will rise like him. Someday soon we will know the joy, intimacy, and permanence of being with Him. And because he is risen, our hope is coherent.