Treasuring the Resurrection...

Christ's Resurrection - Our Great Hope

During this holy week and, in particular, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, I hope we understand and treasure the significance of Christ's resurrection. According to the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, all of Christianity rests on the resurrection of Christ being a historical occurrence that began the marvelous outworking of God's redemptive plan (revealed to us first in Genesis 3:15) to eradicate the world of sin and renew all things.

Here's a couple quotes worth pondering from NT Wright on the resurrection:

“For Paul, the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is the heart of the gospel (not to the exclusion of the cross, of course, but not least as the event which gives the cross its meaning); it is the object of faith, the ground of justification, the basis for obedient Christian living, the motivation for unity, and, not least, the challenge to the principalities and powers. It is the event that declares that there is ‘another king’, and summons human beings to allegiance, and thereby to a different way of life, in fulfilment of the Jewish scriptures and in expectation of the final new world which began at Easter and which will be completed when the night is finally gone and the day has fully dawned.” ~ NT Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God

"The work of the church is to implement the resurrection of Jesus and thereby to anticipate the final new creation… We are called to be people of new creation now, in the power of the Spirit." ~ NT Wright, from his talk,
“Resurrection and the Task of the Church”