Below is my newsletter article for this month’s issue of our church’s newsletter:
It is fitting that Spring is the season of year that we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, since the signs of new life are all around us. God seems to have built the theme of death and resurrection into the very fabric of nature. And it is repeated every year, at least for those of us who are blessed enough to live in parts of the world which experience all four seasons. After a winter where death seemed to reign, Spring brings the promise of life in the blooming of a million flowers. The trees that were once dry sticks in the ground are now exploding with green leaves and multi-colored blossoms. Dark, gloomy skies have been replaced by deep blue, majestic sunny skies. As we think about the resurrection of Christ at the beginning of Spring it is fitting for us to pause and consider just why the resurrection matters. There are at least three reasons why the resurrection of Christ is so important.
First, the resurrection of Jesus states a historical fact. When we talk about the resurrection of Christ we are talking about something that actually happened in time, space and history. The gospel is what God has done for us in human history by Christ’s sinless life, substitutionary death and resurrection from the grave. Professor Thomas Arnold, former chair of history at Oxford, and author of the famous volumes History of Rome, was skillfully educated in the study of historical facts. Professor Arnold stated,
I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times, and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is PROVED BY BETTER AND FULLER EVIDENCE of every sort, than the great sign which God has given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead.
Second, the resurrection of Jesus expresses a theological truth. The theological truth that is expressed by the resurrection of Christ is that Christ as the second Adam came to undo the effects of the sin of the first Adam. This is why Christ had to come as a man. It was man who had rebelled against his holy Creator. God the Father in His mercy and love sent His only begotten Son into this world to become a man and to obey where Adam disobeyed and to die the death that we all deserve for Adam’s sin. His resurrection restored what Adam lost as a man.
Third, the resurrection of Christ produces an eschatological certainty. Eschatology is the “study of last things or the end times.” Therefore, what I’m saying is that Christ’s resurrection provides us with certainty about the future. About what in our future has the resurrection produced certainty? First, Satan and his demonic forces will be defeated. Second, death itself will be defeated. Third, the Kingdom will be delivered over to the Father. What a day that will be! The glory of that day is ultimately about the Son presenting to His Father all the benefits of His mission of redemption. We’re a part of that kingdom, but the glory of that day goes to God and God alone. Can you see the Son is saying to His Father:
I’ve defeated all our enemies. I’ve redeemed all the ones you gave me before the foundation of the world. I’ve defeated the one who tried to overthrow your rule and authority, that old serpent, the Devil. I’ve destroyed all his armies, making a public spectacle of them. And now, death itself has been destroyed. There remains not one trace of sin or its effects in your creation. Here Father is your kingdom.
So does the resurrection matter? You better believe it!