Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • “The third day he arose from the dead…”

    Christ’s humiliation was intense.  He was born under the law (Gal. 4:4), suffered the death of the wicked, bore the wrath of God, had no place to be buried, and was laid in a grave for three days while death seemingly had the victory and the last word.  However, as great as his humiliation was, his exaltation was greater!  This section of the Apostle’s’ Creed shifts from his humiliation to his exaltation and teaches us to confess four central doctrines concerning his exaltation: 1)His resurrection; 2)His ascension; 3)His current session at the right hand of God; and 4)His promised return.  Today we will consider the first.  While we could amass evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, I will here simply remind you of the centrality of the resurrection to the faith we confess.

    Every year the church remembers the triumph of … Read More »

  • Easter Day

    Want to have some fun? Do the following Google search: <easter pagan?>. I dare you! You’ll find some weird stuff out there. I think the same guys writing about this also wrote the stuff about 9/11 being an inside job and that President Obama and Mitt Romney are not really U.S. citizens. When it comes to Easter, though, they are writing about you, about us, because we are pausing to remember in a very pointed way the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, a celebration that they regard as having pagan roots. But is that the case?

    Our word “Easter” is old English and may come to us from the Germans who named the month of April Eosturmonath. Obviously it is something that relates closely to the month of April. A lot depends upon what Eosturmonath actually means. The Venerable … Read More »

  • The Resurrection and the Life, Part 4

    We are fast approaching one of the most celebratory events of the Christian calendar. Next week, in a very intentional and pronounced way we will celebrate the reality of Jesus’ words recorded in John 11. Indeed he is the resurrection and the life. For the last three weeks we have been trying to understand the way the apostles think about the resurrection of Jesus. On the one hand it is an historical, objective, and verifiable fact. What’s more, it is the fact upon which the faith is built. Take it away and everything—and I mean everything—crumbles. But, as we noted, the apostles move very effortlessly from historic, objective, verifiable fact to existential and experiential reality. That is, the writers of the New Testament apply the resurrection of Jesus to the Christian in such a way that what happened to him … Read More »

  • The Resurrection and the Life

    The resurrection of Jesus is an historical fact. It is the capstone of Jesus’ ministry and life. In his resurrection he is vindicated and victorious. For the Christian, however, Jesus’ resurrection is not only that. In addition to being an historical and objective fact it is also an existential and experiential reality. Christianity cannot be reduced merely to a set of facts to be believed or acquiesced. While there are facts to be believed, becoming a Christian also brings about moral transformation. Becoming a Christian means that the life to come will be different, but it also means that the life now changes too.

    Like with our justification, as we saw last week, the resurrection of Jesus is the foundation for our sanctification. And the reason is very much the same reason as we noted last week. Our entire life is … Read More »