To Resurrect & Change the World

Mark Beuving —  August 8, 2011 — Leave a comment

I cried on the way to the office this morning. Believe me, that’s not typical (it’s probably typical only amongst teenage girls, but then again, teenage girls don’t typically drive to the office in the morning). I couldn’t help it. I was listening to a song that I’d heard 56 times before (according to my iTunes playcount), but this morning it really hit me.

The song is “Another Day” by Steven Delopoulos. It begins by presenting the loneliness, fragmentation, and general hopelessness that dominate life for so many people. Delopoulos describes himself “waiting for another day” in the midst of a small town “where dreams and visions never played.” He sums it up by saying:

“The night was all that I’d once known
when I was small and all alone”

He then describes an old lady who deals with the growing stacks of bills by drinking herself through the day. She lives in fear of what “another day” might hold. Delopoulos then turns his attention to society as a whole, calling out the irony of anti-social “societies.”

These verses paint an accurate if depressing view of what this world is like. All around us we see the loneliness and depression that dominate the human experience as a result of the fall. But Delopoulos goes one step further and describes the solution:

“Here’s two colors, mixed and swirled
With wood and blood together twirled
Goodbye my friends, today I’m dead
To resurrect and change the world”

Here is the beautiful truth: Though this world is sin-stained to the core, and though we face the affects of the fall every day of our lives, Jesus died and resurrected to change the world. The chorus of the song beautifully expresses the hope that comes as a result of Jesus’ world-changing death and resurrection:

“Another day, another day
Where dreams, they’re not so far away
Seeds that grow to limb then branch
On my knees and second chance”

I sometimes long so much for the renewed world that will come when Christ returns that I forget to acknowledge the hope inherent in the world as it is now. The world is not now what it once was. Sin leaves us defeated and hopeless. But on an important day two thousand year ago, Jesus suffered the consequences of our sin. Then three days later, he resurrected in total victory over the sin and death that held us captive.

As a result, the world is forever changed. Whereas we were once slaves of sin and had no hope, now there is hope in the world. Now the world is full of possibilities, and we see hope and healing all around us. The world is not perfect yet—though that day is coming soon—but today is another day, a day full of second chances, where the power of the gospel transforms our lives and the lives of the people around us. We do not live in a cold, hopeless world. We live in a world transformed by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

That’s the truth that made my eyes water this morning. Music holds a special power to help us see the world in a way we’ve never seen it before. Often this power is abused, and we are led to see the world from a sinful, idolatrous vantage point. But this morning I was given a vision of hope that helped me see the world as God sees it, and my day was brightened because of it.

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Mark Beuving currently serves as Associate Pastor at Creekside Church in Rocklin, CA. Prior to going back into pastoral ministry, Mark spent ten years on staff at Eternity Bible College as a Campus Pastor, Dean of Students, and then Associate Professor. Mark now teaches online adjunct for Eternity. He is passionate about building up the body of Christ, training future leaders for the Church, and writing. Though he is interested in many areas of theology and philosophy, Mark is most fascinated with practical theology and exploring the many ways in which the Bible can speak to and transform our world. He is the author of "Resonate: Enjoying God's Gift of Music" and the co-author with Francis Chan of "Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples." Mark lives in Rocklin with his wife and two daughters.