[From a post by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove on his new book Strangers at My Door.]

This morning, while it was still dark, we gathered in the garden at Rutba House to remember the story of that first EasteStrangers-at-My-Doorr when the women discovered that Jesus wasn’t in the tomb.

“Jesus is risen,” the girls shouted, each in their turn, running across the garden to our little circle. With his new Union soldier hat (fresh from a spring break trip to Virginia), JaiMichael played the sleeping guard by the tomb. We all sang our favorite songs and read the story from Matthew’s gospel about how the earth shook when Jesus got up from the grave.

Then we read one of my favorite quotes from Clarence Jordan, the Baptist radical who helped start Koinonia Farm in 1942:

The resurrection of Jesus was simply God’s unwillingness to take our “no” for an answer. He raised Jesus, not as an invitation for us to come to heaven when we die, but as a declaration that he himself has now established permanent, eternal residence here on earth. He is standing beside us, strengthening us in this life. The good news of the resurrection of Jesus is not that we shall die and go home to be with him, but that he is risen and comes home with us, bringing all his hungry, naked, thirsty, sick prisoner brothers and sisters with him.

Here at Rutba House, we’ve found Jordan’s words to be true…

Read the rest of the post here and check out Jonathan’s new book!

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