A Post-Easter Reflection
"Easter celebrates not only the resurrection of one man, but the resurrection of the whole human race. Perhaps this is the full meaning of the term "son of man," so important to the gospel writers: Jesus is the new generation of humanity, a new humanity, Humanity 2.0 (we might say). By proclaiming his resurrection now (not at the end of time), we are inviting people everywhere to join him—in a new birth, as part of a new humanity, celebrating a new covenant, to walk "in newness of life." We are saying, "You don't have to wait for some distant future to start practicing kindness, nonviolence, reconciliation, reverence, joy, hope, neighborliness, and peace. You can leave the old humanity behind and start practicing this new humanity now."
From my Patheos column ... here: