We cannot see the tree that is latent in the small seed being sown into the ground. Had it not happened before, we could not imagine an acorn becoming an oak tree. So it is with the resurrection, this new creation reality. Had it not happened before, we could not imagine any other life, any other world, than that which requires us to exact vengeance on our enemies, and to see relationships as transactional enterprises, or as threats or fears to manage. But resurrection, it has happened before—in Jesus Christ, who sowed the seed of his own body, going into the ground and dying, only to rise again in glory and splendor, transforming his body of dust into the glorious life-giving spiritual body that makes the whole creation new. Sermon from the 8:45am service on 2/24/19.