darkstalkers: resurrection

Season Thirteen: Resurrection

(A/N)

Originally posted by enchanted-forests

Castiel remembered dying.

He remembered it like a backstroke in a cool lake, with the water streaming all around his body; then - weightless floating in blackness, punctuated by pinpricks of white light. This light would drift across him now and again, pure and blinding, and each time it did, he’d remember more. He’d remember his existence, like a flickering of images running backwards, backwards, from the moment the angel blade bit through his spine and pierced his heart, backwards, backwards, away from his death and towards his birth, and still - always - there was that yelled word echoing.

No.

The last thing he ever heard.

Echoing.

And there was no perception of time or of space or of longing or regret or peace: there was only the light and the memory and that word. Until, suddenly, there was pain. The pain was so great that he felt as though his entire being was made out of the embers of some ancient fire, glowing from deep within him, and it wasn’t until he drew his second breath that he realised what the pain was.

Life.

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Jesus was not sent by God to die in order to appease a violent deity, nor did he defeat the powers by dying on the cross. his death was not an atoning sacrifice or a way of bringing a scapegoat mechanism to light. It was a political murder meant to sow terror and to undermine hope. His violent death exposes the domination system as oppressive and violent. His resurrection challenges the ultimate power of the system and invites us to be people of God here and now where oppressive systems remain powerful and must be challenged. Jesus teaches us how to live and shows us the risks of living God’s compassion in an unjust world.
—  Walter Wink, The Human Being

Jesus, as You rise today,
Rise with my sorrow,
Jesus, as You rise today,
Rise with my greed,
Jesus, as You rise today,
Rise with my apathy,
Jesus, as You rise today,
Rise with my pettiness,
Jesus, as You rise today,
Rise with my spitefulness,
Jesus, as You rise today,
Rise with my lust,
Jesus, as You rise today,
Rise with my hate,
Jesus, as You rise today,
Rise with my sin,
For You have defeated the grave
And each day You overcome and win,
Jesus, as You rise today,
Rise with my love for You.