What do vegetables, Jesus and this vintage woolen houndstooth cape have in common?
Having just experienced another Easter, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading about the concept of “death into life”. It can seem like a foreign concept to talk about it that way around, because most people think that life leads into death – but not vice versa. However, when you think about it, “death into life” happens every day, all around us. As one article put it, unless the fresh food that we eat dies, it cannot help to sustain our lives. Even when clothing is made from natural, organic materials, those materials must die to make the fabric, and then we cut up the fabric to give it its new “life” as clothing – which in this case was discarded and then given new life again as a vintage piece in my wardrobe. Ok, fine, so clothes aren’t alive – but they are transformed and given new purpose beyond their living origins. That totally still counts.
Easter is the commemoration of Jesus performing the ultimate example of “death into life”. We are reminded that Easter is not just about death – if it were, it would make “Good Friday” a very peculiarly named day taken on its own. Instead, Easter is about new life – death into life – and the opportunity of a new beginning, a new purpose and a blank slate. So you can always celebrate life after death by remembering to eat your vegetables, wearing vintage natural fibres and thanking God for Easter.