The thoughts and reflections of one who is passionate about Jesus and struggles with sin just like everyone else.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The Significance of the Resurrection
"God did not make himself known through a system of teaching nor a
theology nor a book, but through a series of events recorded in the
Bible. The coming of Jesus of Nazareth was the climax of this series
of redemptive events; and his resurrection is the event that
validates all that came before . . . If Christ is not risen from the dead, the long course of God’s redemptive acts to save his people ends in a dead-end street, in a tomb. If the resurrection of Christ is not reality, then we have no assurance that God is the living God, for death has the last word. Faith is futile because the object of that faith has not vindicated himself as the Lord of life. Christian faith is then incarcerated in the tomb along with the final and highest self-revelation of God in Christ--if Christ is indeed dead.” George Ladd, Theology of New Testament, p. 354.