Monday, 25 April 2011

The Resurrection

Yesterday billions of Christians around the world celebrated a man rising from the dead. In this they did not celebrate the resuscitation of a man, as happens in hospitals every day, but that a man who was dead is no longer dead and never will be again.

Tim Keller expresses why Easter is absolutely central to the Christian faith:

Sometimes people approach me and say, “I really struggle with this aspect of Christian teaching. I like this part of Christian belief, but I don’t think I can accept that part.”
I usually respond: “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all 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.”
[...] we can’t live our lives any way we want. It also meant we don’t have to be afraid of anything, not Roman swords, not cancer, nothing.
If Jesus rose from the dead, it changes everything.

[(emphasis mine) Tim Keller, The reason for God]

"If Jesus rose from the dead, it changes everything," that was my conclusion a little over 13 years ago - what's your?

Happy Easter - He is Risen!

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