The Resurrection: Hope and Consequences

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Here in Romania, on the second day of celebrating the Resurrection, our pastor’s text from Luke 24 concerned two perplexed disciples on the Road to Emmaus. Their state of mind is best summed up in their words, “We had hoped…”

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In their encounter with the resurrected Jesus, that dashed hope blooms as he breaks bread with them and they recognize him. Rushing back to Jerusalem, they find the other disciples also rejoicing. The worst moment in their lives, the Crucifixion, has now been transformed into the most hope filled day of their lives. “The Lord has risen indeed.”

Hope abounds and persists. Years later Peter wrote, 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,…” (1 Peter 1).

Our hope is rooted in, and confirmed by, the Resurrection. But the Resurrection also has consequences. As Paul told those who worshiped other gods,

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17

And the responsibility for conveying that message is given to us. “Ye will be my witnesses.”

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2 comments on “The Resurrection: Hope and Consequences

  1. Michael Snow says:

    The Resurrection does not rate very high, once Easter/Pascha is past. Yet, without it there is no Gospel. [Just did a quick review of blog stats. Two lessons stand out: Most Christians don’t share; Most Christians don’t read more than a meme (memory verse theology). ]

    • Odd. To me, the Resurrection has always been at the very center. “Living Hope” is wonderful. The hope of our lives. The hope we live. More importantly, Jesus Christ Himself is our hope. “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” And, Jesus Christ is living! So, I really liked that.

      As you said, without the Resurrection there is no Gospel. So, I wonder: if someone is willing to ignore the Resurrection for most of the year, do they even believe that He died – or that He rose? It seems impossible to me. Christianity IS the Resurrection. Without it, there is no life. There is no motivation, no hope, no glory, no strength.

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