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At the close of last year, we remembered the events of September 11, 2001. Many could recall where they were, what they were doing, when the Twin Towers in New York were leveled in a terrorist attack. Many commemorated those who died, those who fought for survivors, those who rescued the injured. And part of the overflow of those times of remembrance is the realization that we live in a Post-911 world.

We could want things to be different. We might not recall the details of that terrible day. We may not wish to remember the suffering and the loss. Even the heroic efforts, tinged with sadness and tragedy, might begin to fade in our minds. But we cannot undo those events. Our world has been forever shaped by 911. We live in a Post-911 world and that cannot be changed.

What has changed in the world because of 911? At the head of the list is the altered conditions of flying. No longer can friends say good-by at the gates or greet you when you deplane. What you can and cannot carry on is scrutinized. X-rays, body scanners, pat-downs all become normal for flyers. In airport terminals, bus depots, train stations, and busy street corners, unattended packages are grounds for extreme suspicion, even near-panic. Unattended anythings warrant suspicion. The government has increased its reach into our lives, arguing that the ramp up in surveillance is for our good and our national safety.

I have no desire to evaluate the positive or negative impact of such changes. I am only noting that we live in a Post-911 world and that our lives have been changed because of that event–and there is no going back. We can imagine what life would be like without that event, we can try to live like it never happened, we can attempt to minimize the impact of that event on our daily life, but we cannot erase what happened or how it has forever altered the world in which we live.

Even more so, we live in a world that has been forever altered by an event that happened one Sunday morning a few thousand years ago. Obviously, I am referring to Easter. But just as it has become easy to settle into the kind of life we have to life Post-911 without really recognizing what happened that changed our world and how the world was changed, I think it is easy to slip into living in a Post-Resurrection world without recognizing what happened that changed our world and how the world was changed by that event.

What has changed because of that remarkable Sunday? Access to God was forever altered by the Resurrection. The power of death was dealt a death-blow in the rising of the Son. An entirely new kind of life became available to the believing through the events of that first Easter. Centuries-old divine promises were confirmed, long-awaited hope was fulfilled, glory anticipated through the ages was revealed, clarity was brought to the outworking of God’s forever plan. We can imagine what life would be like without that event, we can try to live like it never happened, we can attempt to minimize the impact of that event on our daily life, but we cannot erase what happened or how it has forever altered the world in which we live.

The trajectory of your life–particularly if you are a follower of Jesus–was pre-written in the resurrection. Your destiny was secured, your status with the living God was anchored, your slavery to sin was overthrown, your alienation from holiness was undone. All in the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

We remember Easter. That is good. But what is even better is for the reality that we live in a Post-Resurrection world to come home to us. We should press beyond merely recalling those events of the past, beyond remembering what happened. We should live in the ever-overwhelming recognition that our lives, our world, the universe, eternity have been forever altered by Easter.

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