We are fast approaching the fifty-day celebration of the central tenet of the Christian faith: Easter. Our textual reflections on John 11 lead us to consider the implications of Jesus’ resurrection, as in him and his ministry the future breaks into the present. Sure, the first century Jews were waiting for the glorious reality of the resurrection on the last day (Daniel 12). But that day was still a long way out, at least it was in their minds. They were still under the thumb of Rome after all. But in Jesus, all of that changes. He is the resurrection and the life. In other words, in him, the resurrection of the last day is the reality of this day. In Jesus the future has radically broken into the present. Promise has given way to fulfillment.
One of the reasons Jesus … Read More »