Resurrection

Shortly after his death, the followers of Jesus discovered his tomb to be empty. Then they met him. He was alive again – he had been raised from the dead. 

For Christians, the resurrection is not just a story – it is something that actually happened in history.

This is a point made in the video below featuring Tom Wright.  Tom Wright is the former Bishop of Durham and one of the world’s top experts in the history of Jesus’ time.

 

 

So if the resurrection actually happened, What does it mean?

It means that the renewing power of God’s love has proved itself to be greater than the destructive power of evil and death. Death is not final. 

God can and will bring new life, not only to human beings, but to the entire universe, which is presently marred by evil, suffering and death (see Renewal)
 
This new creation begins with the resurrection of Jesus.
 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

Renewal

 

The earliest Christian confession of faith was ‘Jesus is Lord’.  He is the Head of God’s new creation.
 
…if you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
(Romans 10:9)
 
He is Lord.  He is Lord.
He is risen from the dead and he is Lord.
Every knee will bow, every tongue confess,
That Jesus Christ is Lord.
 

This is the powerful hope at the heart of Christianity – the triumph of God’s love over evil, sin and death through Jesus.