Christ has achieved mystical union where boundaries subside and God’s realm is realized here on earth. In Christ, there is life in death and death in life. In Christ “the last will be first, and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16). “Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39).

Christ was liberated from the tyranny of opposites. He no longer pitted life against death, but entered into an awareness that transcended them. . . into “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

Jesus’ message to Thomas and the Apostles was “Peace be with you” (John 20:26b). The word Jesus used is shalom, which is an active peace—a peace we can participate in—that can reverberate though every part of our lives. Then everything in our life belongs, even the messes. Then everything in the Gospels belongs, including the cross. Most would like Easter without the cross. But they’re inseparable.

The point isn’t to divide the opposites and make positive progress, but to harmonize the opposites, both positive and negative. God transcends and encompasses conservatism and liberalism, certainty and doubt, simplicity and complexity, Divinity and humanity, absolute and relative, eternity and time, crucifixion and resurrection.