The Resurrection and The Invitation

In Mark’s short, and probably truncated, account there is no sense of “Jesus is raised, therefore there really is life after death”…For anyone who has read the whole gospel, the strong implication is, “Jesus is raised, just as he told you he would be; in other words, all that he said about the coming of the kingdom through his own work, through his death and resurrection, has come true.” The resurrection completes the inauguration of God’s kingdom…It is the decisive event demonstrating that God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven.

The message of Easter is that God's new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you're now invited to belong to it.

~ NT Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church