So weep not for me my friend, When my time below does end, For my life belongs to him, Who will raise the dead again. (All My Tears, Julie Miller)
At the heart of the Christian gospel is this dramatic creed, “that he [Jesus] was buried, and that he rose again the third day.” Christ’s victory over death forms the foundation of Christian hope for life to come. Moreover, it is, alongside his sacrificial death for sin, the basis for newness of life here and now.
The Scriptures speak of the consummation of God’s saving victory for his people in this way, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
For those who possess the life of Christ, resurrection is both a future hope and a present reality, for he said, “I am the resurrection, and the life.” Embracing that reality has radical consequences for life here and now. This blog seeks to examine those consequences, looking at life in light of the astounding truth that he rose again.