Training in etymology pays the dividend of seeing the meaning IN words. Learning the origin of word parts, i.e., roots and affixes, helps us "think meanings” and more readily apply the truths implicit in the word to our lives—to discern, adopt, and act on principles.
This week our hearts are attuned to the power and the life-giving grace of God through the resurrection—Jesus Christ is risen; He Lives—RE-SUR-RECT-ION!
From the Latin:
RE – again
SUR – above (the ground)
RECT – straight, right, (up)right
ION – state of being
An exploration of the word in the Greek leads to anastasis, standing again in life, from anistemi, to stand up and to raise up. Other Greek words translated ‘resurrection' in the New Testament also mean resurgence, to rouse from sleep and inactivity, and to produce, to beget.
Reasoning from the greater to the lesser, how might the awe-inspiring reality of the bodily resurrection be reasoned and related to our lives today, while we are yet on this side of death? Does God not give us His power and strength to be in a state of standing straight and upright again and again above the din, demands, and disbelief of our life and times here and now? Does He not inspire [breathe in] ongoing resurgence of faith and might in His people now serving on this earth? Does He not rouse us from sleep and inactivity to watch with Him while the watch is ours? Does He not trust and equip us to produce and beget His truth in our spheres of influence and in the next generation?
He has done the GREATER thing—He is RISEN—surely He will do the lesser thing for you and me!
"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, [the women] came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
"And it came to pass that they were much perplexed thereabout, [Do I approach each day with my intentions and expectations and end up perplexed when things aren't as I think they should be? Do I miss the signs of the miraculous wondering instead what will become of my special preparations? Do I really hope to find the body of my Lord in the dark recesses of life somehow seeking comfort in not being alone in my distress?] behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed their faces to the earth, [Fear and its related emotions drive our eyes to look at our immediate circumstances, enormous issues, and gross limitations. We see the giants, not the promise.] they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen [Look Up!] . . . [just as He said]. And they remembered His words [and the Word was God]. . . .”
Celebrate the RE-SUR-RECT-ION! Look up and remember His Words.