creation
John 1 – the Word in creation, this opening account parallels Genesis 1.

John 20 – “On the first day of the week” — We are back to creation. And God will make all things new! Yet how many Easter sermons are rooted in a theology of creation? Instead, we separate out redemption into a spiritual component — we divorce heaven and earth, which is exactly the opposite direction John is taking us. How long will we live with this gnostic stream infecting our faith??

In John 20 the first image we see of resurrection life is Jesus as the gardener. Coincidence? Read John 15. The earliest images of resurrection were paradise, the Cross did not come to dominate Christian imagination until after the sixth century.

Sin obsessed — when Jesus has come to bring us life, and that more abundantly!

Carrie Newcomer As Holy as a Day is Spent