Notes On The Resurrection

I have written about the resurrection. Recently, I gave my reasons for believing in it despite my insistence that parts of the bible, such as the Adam and Eve story found in the beginning chapters of Genesis are myth. I won’t defend that view as I have in a previous post. I have written about how we can claim belief in the resurrection and Jesus as Lord in word yet deny him in deed. I want to now delve deeper into the resurrection. I may write more about this, so don’t be surprised if you find more about this topic in weeks to come. After all, we are to preach Christ crucified.

The resurrection is without a doubt the most awesome, glorious, miraculous event in history.

The simple yet transforming fact that it actually happened makes it even more amazing.

I have read how this single event transformed the apostles 2,000 years ago, how it has the ability to transform us now, and how it points us to our ultimate destiny. N.T. Wright says that in the resurrection Jesus’ body was the one bit of “earth” to be already fully and completely colonized by the powerful, life-giving energy and glory of “heaven.”  Wright also claims that through the resurrection Jesus was putting the human project back on track. In Jesus, God has indeed overcome the problem caused by the eating of the Tree of Good and Evil… He has also led the human race, at last, to taste the Tree of Life.

I believe that the resurrection is important. Proclaiming it as an event in history goes beyond saying the words, it is also, about how it affects how we respond to life. We proclaim the resurrection as true by loving and serving our needy brothers and sisters, by reverence of all of life, and by living in life-honoring, honest ways. The resurrection happened 2,000 years ago and happens every time we love our neighbor. It will happen to each of us as we enter eternal life now and later. The resurrection goes way beyond any one event, even the amazing event that happened to Jesus.

I trust the resurrection as a truth we affirm with both word and deed. I am still learning what this means and I am fully committed to deepening my knowledge of what the resurrection really means for me here-and-now. God will handle the later. My faith informs me that with God all things are possible.

I like what Rob Bell says about the resurrection. Listen to him.

Rob Bell: resurrection announces that God has not given up on the world, because this world matters. This world that we call home—dirt and blood and sweat and skin and light and water. This world that God is redeeming and restoring and renewing. Greed and violence and abuse they are not right and they cannot last. They belong to death and death does not belong. Resurrection says that what we do with our lives matters—in this body, the one that we inhabit right now. Every act of compassion matters. Every work of art that celebrates the good and the true matters. Every fair and honest act of business and trade. Every kind word. They all belong and they will all go on in God’s good world. Nothing will be forgotten. Nothing will be wasted. It all has its place. Jesus invites us to trust resurrection. That every glimmer of good, every hint of hope, every impulse that elevates the soul is a sign, a taste, a glimpse of how things actually are and how things will ultimately be.  Resurrection affirms this life and the next as a seamless reality embraced, graced, and saved by God. There is an unexpected mysterious presence, who meets each of us in our lowest moments. When we have no strength when we have nothing left and we can’t go on, we hear the voice that speaks those words: destroy this temple and I’ll rebuild it. Do you believe this? That’s the question Jesus asked then and that’s the question he asks now. Jesus’ friends arrive at his tomb and they’re told he isn’t here. You didn’t see that coming, did you? He’s isn’t here! There is nothing to fear and nothing can ever be the same again. We are living in a world in the midst of rescue with endless unexpected possibilities. They will take my life and I will die Jesus says, but that will not be the end and when you find yourself assuming that it’s over. When it’s lost, gone, broken and it could never be put back together again, when it’s been destroyed and you swear that it could never be rebuilt. Hold on a minute, because in that moment things will in fact have just begun.

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2 Comments

  1. Great post with some very good quotes from others and insights by you, particularly how the resurrection is about the here-and-now, not just something for the future. I’m reminded of “Behold I am making all things new.” Thanks!

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