Dave Kludt on The Good News
This entry is a part of an on-going blog series called The Good News, which is taking place throughout the Easter Season, from Easter to Pentecost. A full list of the contributors can be found here. Dave’s local city newspaper is the Los Angeles Times. Here is Dave Kludt on the Good News.
THE GOOD NEWS
I woke up early on Easter morning around 4:45 AM to join some close friends at the top of Mount Wilson, just north of Pasadena, to watch the sun rise over the San Gabriel peaks. At 5:30, as we drove up the mountain roads, darkness still dominated the sky and the indications of the coming light were evident only to those awake at this ’ungodly’ hour.
Two thousand years ago, in the Middle East, a man of humble human origin and clear (yet still paradoxical) divine origin lived a life and died a death that was, and still is, an anomaly to our world: a life fully devoted to God and fully spent for the sake of others. He was devoted to proclaiming through words and actions the blueprints of God’s purposes for the universe (which he called God’s reign or kingdom). Through his embodiment of this purpose, he lived as a whole person, free from the fragmentation and brokenness that plague each of us on both an individual and communal level.
Whispers about this man quickly spread throughout the ancient landscape: heart-wrenching diseases healed with a touch, tormenting spirits silenced, social outcasts welcomed at the table for the first time, the painful curse of death reversed. But it was not just that man’s life, but also his death – and the life that continued even after death that we now celebrate on Easter Sunday – that transformed a narrative that began with the creation of the world. Communities gathered together in order to share the Good News embodied by this person who made possible a new kind of Life. The Good News about this new Life challenges us to recognize more than we ever have before how broken we are. It demands that we reshape our priorities and join others in community to do what we can to point to the one who truly lived and allows us to Live.
To come back to the Easter sunrise, I believe that we exist in a world stuck between 5:30 AM and sunrise on Easter morning. Darkness exists all around us, but there is a world yearning to awaken unto a bold and brilliant sunrise. This Good News has brought me into a community of people across the world that recognizes that the long, dark night is not forever. The Life that became real to us 2,000 years ago through Christ is now accessible to us and causes us to live in expectation of the final sunrise.
|Dave Kludt is finishing the final quarter of his Master of Divinity at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA and is part of the Kairos Los Angeles community. He loves the ocean, but misses the Midwest’s lakes, rivers, and streams. He does not miss humidity. His local newspaper is the Los Angeles Times.|