Eugene Peterson wrote a book called Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ. In it he notes Jesus’ use of the birth metaphor in his exchange with Nicodemus in the Gospel of John. We use that same metaphor in describing our baptism.
Lacking in imagination, Nicodemus had no idea what Jesus was talking about. But a seed was planted that evening that grew. Later when Jesus was under attack, Nicodemus came to his defense among his fellow rulers. Next we see him at the Cross, assisting Joseph of Arimathea with taking the body from the cross and carrying it to a nearby tomb for burial.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, growth in Jesus Christ proceeds from our birth as Christians. Growth requires disciplines of self-care and engagement with others.
“You once were dead,” writes St. Paul in Ephesians 2, “but now you are alive together with Christ.” Practicing resurrection means cultivating the habits of Christian growth: weekly worship, daily prayer, engaging in Scripture, and serving others. Easter celebrates our new birth and invites us into a live of mutual support and challenge. Why wait until the afterlife, when the life we are given in the Risen Christ can be experienced here and now?