I used to be bored with the resurrection of Jesus. You know … it was one of those “Familiarity breeds contempt” doctrines.
Sure, I believed in the resurrection of Jesus.
Yes, I was glad it happened.
But every time I turned to those passages in Scripture which talked about the resurrection of Jesus (which are everywhere!), I shuttered an inward groan. “I get it, God!” I often thought. “Jesus was raised from the dead so I can have eternal life. That’s awesome, and I thank you for it, but can’t we get on to something that will help me with my life here and now?”
Instead, I just keep reading and hearing about the resurrection of Jesus.
Then, one day, it hit me: While the resurrection of Jesus is about God making eternal life available to those who believe in Him for it, this is only a tiny scratch in the surface of what the resurrection is really about.
The resurrection is primarily about exactly what I was looking for: help with living my life here and now.
The Resurrection of Jesus is the Answer to Everything
The resurrection of Jesus is the answer to all of life’s questions: how to live my life, how to make decisions about work and finances, how to get along with my spouse, how to raise my kids, what is the meaning of life, how to treat other people.
It also is the answer to life’s tough questions, like why there is evil, and what, if anything, God is doing about it, and who is responsible for it, and what happens when we die, and is there life after death.
The resurrection of Jesus is what gives meaning, significance, and purpose to life. The resurrection is how peace can come to the world, how economies can be fixed, and how leaders can lead with wisdom and justice.
I know it may seem that I am overstating the case, but I do not think I am. Lots of people have bumper stickers which say, “Jesus is the answer” and while that is true, I would like to modify it and say, “The resurrection of Jesus is the answer.” The resurrection speaks to questions about any number of topics, including questions about life, morality, economics, government, religion, family, and many more.
I cannot even begin to answer these questions in a short blog post, so in a Resurrection post later today, I will summarize some of the truths of the resurrection that can be applied to all of these situations.
The cross of Jesus is CENTRAL to everything!
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