lent 2013 003b“Let everything that can breathe, praise God!”

(Psalm 150 verse 6)

When the computer does not work there is a technical fix called “rebooting”. It basically means starting all over again and the simplest way is by switching it off and then switching it back on again (and hope you saved your work before hand).

There is something of that idea in Easter. Jesus died (was switched off) buried for three days (make sure the power is completely off)  and rose again through the power of God’s Holy Spirit (power back on again). As with any analogy do not press it too far but with rebooting it is usually either because a programme needs updating or because the computer has frozen and needs to be restored to proper working order. It is something like that last idea which is behind the phrase “new creation”.

Somehow creation has got stuck, or infected with a virus, and needs rebooting. However, instead of wiping the whole memory and starting again, God has worked it so that the whole thing did not have to die. You could say that Jesus took the virus into his programming, was shut down and rebooted, thus destroying the virus and saving the world. It is not a perfect analogy but it does illustrate how the world can be understood to need saving from the result of the actions of just a few of its creatures. It is in a similar way to a whole computer being deemed to be infected by just a little bit of malicious programming.

The point is that somehow the whole of creation is affected by Jesus’ death and resurrection without having to endure the suffering and death (the shutdown) that he did. Rebooting without shutdown you might say.

A prayer from “Common Worship”

God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell. Fill your Church with faith and hope; for a new da has dawned and the way to life stands open in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. (Additional Collect, Easter Day)