Everything Is Different

9b08e837610f10f0246efe94cdb30340The New Testament writers speak as if Christ’s achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the “first fruits”, the “pioneer of life”. He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so. This is the beginning of the New Creation: a new chapter in cosmic history has opened.  –C. S. Lewis

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A Bold Statement

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The resurrection
is God’s triumphant
proclamation that
death is not the end,
that injustices of the past
are not forgotten,
that evil will not
for ever triumph.
     –David Gooding,
     & John Lennox,
     

The Funeral of God

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not at the end
but at the beginning
of her centuries,
that the funeral
of God is always
a premature burial.
   
 –G. K. Chesterton

Forgiveness confirmed

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Let no one mourn
that he has fallen
again and again;
for forgiveness has risen
from the grave.

–John Chrysostom
(c. 347 – 407)

The undoing of sadness

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On the journey

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The resurrection stories reveal the always-present tension between coming and leaving, intimacy and distance, holding and letting go, at-homeness and mission, presence and absence. We face that tension every day. It puts us on the journey to the full realization of the promise given to us.

–Henri J. M. Nouwen

They knew it happened

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The historical case for the Resurrection is that everybody else, except the Apostles, had every possible motive to declare what they had done with the body, if anything had been done with it.

The Apostles might have hidden it in order to announce a sham miracle, but it is very difficult to imagine men being tortured and killed for the truth of a miracle which they knew to be a sham.

—G. K. Chesterton
As I Was Saying

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A new beginning

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Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind, in the tomb of Jesus Christ, all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world . . .  That, quite simply, is what it means to be Christian: to follow Jesus Christ into the new world, God’s new world, which he has thrown open before us.

–N.T. Wright

The way out of the grave

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Christianity has had
a series of revolutions
and in each one of them
Christianity has died.
Christianity has died
many times and risen again;
for it had a God who knew
the way out of the grave.

–G. K. Chesterton
The Everlasting Man

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