17 July 2013

A Changed Universe and The Way Forward

"The prophets pointed to the Kingdom ahead--the one that would come.
Whereas they were always expecting Christ, we of (post-Resurrection period) are always remembering the present Christ.

The uniqueness of Christ crucified and risen from the dead contains majesty inherent in it that cannot be undone... it is not merely factual, it is true, it is eternal.

It is not simply world-changing—it is universe-changing.”
- JS Whale

"(Still) when we give heartfelt allegiance to that which is not God, we progressively cease to reflect the image of God. 
(And, though we were) 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. 

(Yet, with Christ's resurrection) the new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world.

That is what it means to be Christian: to follow Jesus Christ into God's new world, which he has thrown open before us.

It is central to Christian living that we should celebrate the goodness of creation, ponder its present brokenness, and, insofar as we can, celebrate in advance the healing of the world, the new creation itself. 

Art, music, literature, dance, theater, and many other expressions of human delight and wisdom, can all be explored in new ways."

 - NT Wright

07 July 2013

Christ's Resurrection: the Singlemost Important Event

Plenty of people say Jesus was “wise” or “good” or someone to be admired. People choose His sayings as “life quotes.” 

But, Jesus is not really all that important if he did not keep his promise to conquer death: 

“If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.” - Timothy Keller

What's So Important about Christ's Resurrection?

Many Christians highlight the crucifixion of Jesus as if it were with only event that was meaningful, and even more Christians glorify the birth of Jesus at Christmas. 

Yet, without the resurrection of Christ, we would have nothing to celebrate about the crucifixion or the birth of Christ.  

Another criminal disposed of, another child born, another prophet, another wise man—their lives impact only those they know. 

Only Christ’s resurrection affects all off human history. His resurrection and its effect is both profound and meaningful to the universe. 

CS Lewis called Christ "pioneer of life" because of His resurrection:

“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.   What the apostles thought they had seen was... the first movement of a great wheel beginning to turn in the direction opposite to that which all men hitherto had observed.” 

- CS Lewis