The darkness of death, and of Lent, cannot keep the resurrection light of Easter from shining. And when resurrection light shines, you know you’re seeing the glory of God.

Ezekiel 37 The Great Zombiepocalypse is one of the most arresting scenes in the whole Bible. A beautiful mixture of resurrection, return from exile, and new creation, it teems with images of life and of God’s creative love. 

John 11 The resurrection and the life are not just for the eschaton. Jesus makes the future present. Life is a gift here and now. And the resurrection of the beloved disciple proves it.

Romans 8 If you know any measure of holiness then you know a taste of the resurrection life to come. To set our minds on the Spirit of God is to enter into the life that God is holding for us in the future. It is to be empowered by the life-giving Spirit who also raised Jesus from the dead.

Psalm 130 Why should God be feared? Because of a strict accounting of justice? Because of retribution that comes when we sin? How about because of forgiveness? How about because of the redemption that God gives to God’s people?

 Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, and blogger who lives in San Francisco, CA where he is currently Pastoral Director for the Newbigin House of Studies. His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is hot off the presses. Daniel holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? He blogs regularly at  ( You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at