Yesterday

April 05, 2015

I did that yesterday!

My three-year-old son is slowing gaining a sense of time. At the moment, however, his understanding of the past is collapsed into one really big yesterday. Anything that happened in the past occurred "yesterday" in his descriptions.

When he fell on the sidewalk recently and bumped his nose, he kept saying for days later, "I bumped my nose yesterday." After we visited the Garden of the Gods last week, he kept telling us all week that he had "climbed the big rocks yesterday" (and then added that he wanted to "climb them again now").



As we walked in our neighborhood yesterday (actually yesterday), he again mentioned he fell and bumped his nose "yesterday." It then struck me that the next day - Easter - is the day that creates exactly such a sharp division of time.

Easter makes the past all just yesterday.

We use Christmas to mark our calender shift from B.C. to A.D. (or B.C.E. to C.E. in politically-correct terms that still ironically use the same Christian dividing point). Although we probably got the date off by a few years, the system still represents an attempt to mark Christmas as the key moment. While God coming to Earth as a person is important, it is the Resurrection that really changes the story. God could of come and visited us for awhile, but the Resurrection and the promise given to us changes the story.


Easter changes time so that all of the past is irrelevant. With Christmas, we are still caught in the midst of the divine story. The scene at the manger soon became just part of that pre-Easter past. With Easter's shift, thousands and thousands of years can be condensed into just yesterday.

While "Good Friday" showed what people do when confronted by a perfect divine being, Easter showed what God does when confronted by sinful people. The cross is us at work. The empty tomb is God at work. Once the Resurrection arrived, the details of the past no longer matter. The cosmos changed. 

That morning on the first Easter, the world hung in the balance. We have since moved past that seismic dawn on the first day of a new era. We do not live in past, the pre-Easter yesterday. We are Easter people, Resurrection people.

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