September 23, 2018
As we continue with the writings of my book, "Did Jesus Just Happen" (The Life Of Christ), Let us share some more thoughts about the Resurrection of our Lord from the Grave.
Resurrection is everywhere anticipated in the Old Testament. That's the point. It like E=mc2 in nature-long concealed, spelled out even now only in a limited literature, nowhere obtrusive but operative everywhere. The program of life-from-death, of victory rising out of defeat, is God's consistent way of working. Whether you have in view the current international crisis or the adventures of the children of Israel; whether you wrestle with this problems of the Book of Job or stand beside the open grave of someone dear to you and wonder why he had to go so soon--persistent questions about meanings will raise themselves. Into these and all the other big, deep doubts which plague us, the resurrection fits like a master key. Anywhere you look in the bible from the standpoint of men, B.C., you will find delicate locks on tantalizing doors which are themselves witnesses to a Creator who holds a key. But now He no longer withholds that key. He shares it. "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ." So the New testament Gospel narrative begins and ushers in A.D.
Here is the second side of the Gospel's heart. And it too is very good news. Still, strangely, an unconverted man (Paul calls him the "Natural man") does not relish the doctrine of Christ's resurrection any more than His Atoning death for sinners. I should like to think that such resistance is not entirely wickedness. Some of it may be misinformation: the harboring of misleading mental images: If the word resurrection suggests, for instance, the regathering of each of the components of this very body from every piece where oxidation has dispersed them, it poses some sticky problems. If resurrection means a popping up from coffins underground such as realistic old time artists used to love to paint . No wonder modern man finds the thought grotesque. But these objections have little relationship to what the Bible means, and they sound as often as not like mere excuses. More likely the uneasiness of moderns is the same as it has always been. The resurrection concept, claimed for Jesus then, or projected for ourselves later on, is just too carnal for comfort! The thought of immortality for the soul is dreamlike, and dreams, when recognized as such, no longer disturb us. But the doctrine which requires us to show up for judgement day as whole persons, makes death more serious than mere falling off to sleep. It drives home the crucial quality of the use we make of our bodies here and now. "For we must all appear before the Judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or bad." (II Cor. 5:10)
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor