“Either the resurrection happened or it did not happen. If it did happen, then it demonstrated once and for all that the power of God is greater than any other power. If ever you begin to doubt God’s ability to sort out any and every problem, look again at the resurrection.” (Peter Hicks, The Message of Evil and Suffering, p. 91)
Posts Tagged ‘Easter-Resurrection’
I just preached on this scene last Sunday from Mark’s Gospel on what it meant when Jesus experienced being God-forsaken on the cross for three hours from 12 to 3 PM on the Friday he died.
I would commend to you this three part post that explains three elements of what it meant when Jesus uttered his fourth saying from the cross, “My God, my God why have you forsaken Me?”
- The Father allowed the Son to suffer social abandonment
- The Father allowed the Son to suffer emotional desertion
- The Father allowed the Son to suffer spiritual wrath
“I believe in the miracle which is at the foundation of the Christian Church because in that case the question does not concern merely the resurrection of a person about whom I know nothing, a mere x or y, but it concerns specifically the resurrection of Jesus; and Jesus was like no person who has ever lived.
It is unbelievable, I say, that any ordinary man should be raised from the dead, but then Jesus was no ordinary man; in His case the enormous presumption against miracle is reversed; in His case, far from its being inconceivable that He should have been raised, it is inconceivable that He should not have been raised; such a one as He could not possibly have been holden of death.”
Sadly, just a few days after Easter, most people forget the resurrection until next year. Christians shouldn’t. We can’t! We would have no gospel.
“The Gospel without the Resurrection is not merely a Gospel without its final chapter; it is no gospel at all.”
— Michael Ramsey , quoted by Philip Graham Ryken inLuke (Vol 2)(Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2009), 648.
Do you want to continue thinking on the cross today? Do you want to be exceedingly humbled? Do you want to know this truth: there is no greater love than that a man lay down his life for His friends?
Consider what Christ accomplished at the cross:
- Defeat of Satan
What would you do? Michael Kelly’s list:
– Speak honestly about what angers you (Matthew 23:1-36).
– Provide perspective to those around you (Matthew 24).
– Reflect on what really matters (Matthew 25).
– Have dinner with friends (Matthew 26:26-30).
– Let those around know how much you love them (John 13:1-20).
– Comfort your friends with hope (John 14).
– Pray (Matthew 26:36-46).