Today marks the commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the day around which this entire human drama pivots. If there were not an Easter, there would not be a Christmas. Were it not for an empty tomb, there would be no meaning in the cross. Take away the reality of the resurrection and Christianity simply becomes a collection of stories for decent living.
Today it is in vogue within Christianity to deny the reality of the resurrection. However denying the actuality of the resurrection yet still wanting to hold on to some elements of Christ‘s teachings has been a point of contention within Christianity from the first century, so this is not a new development nor a matter of an ‘enlightened’ modern mind. The report of a man who was publicly killed coming back to life three days afterwards, being touched and interacting with multiple groups of people, is indeed foolishness to the logical mind.
I think it is nearly impossible to explain or describe the mystery and glory of the resurrection in conversation. Such a topic is best handled by the poet, artist, and musician. I provide two pieces to ponder:
From The Redeemer by Robert Cundick
“And what is it that we shall hope for? We have hope, hope, hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal…
We shall pray, pray, pray unto the Father unto the Father with all the energy of our hearts that we may be filled with His love, that we may be filled with His love which he hath bestowed on us who are true followers of our Lord Jesus Christ. That we may become the sons and daughters of God. That when he shall appear we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.”