Resurrection

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, ‘Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.’ He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.” Hebrews 11:17-19

I love what this says about living by faith. Believing in resurrection (not just Jesus’ resurrection but the power of that resurrection unfolded in our lives and futures), fuels my relationship with God right. Certainly, Abraham found himself faced with a seeming contradiction in what God had promised and what God was now commanding. However, he saw it as a paradox not a contradiction. He decided to sit in the mysterious unknown and trust that God is bigger and more powerful than his ability to logically wrap his mind around eternal realities. And, this led him to using his theological imagination to trust that God could resurrect his son.

The paradoxes/mysteries of life can tend to paralyze us, but for Abraham – it fueled his faith and pushed him closer to God’s heart – actually, believing in something (resurrection) that he hadn’t seen modeled yet. However, apparently, he knew something about God’s character and heart that made resurrection the only reasonable explanation.

Resurrection is the only reasonable explanation for why we go through suffering – why we can’t grasp things with certainty – why we’re plagued with temptation. There is a resurrection, a renewal, a restoration of all things …

Tim Keller, in his book, The Reason for God, wrote this:
“Jesus spoke of his return to earth as the palingenesis. “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things (Greek palingenesis), the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne.” This was a radically new concept. Jesus insisted that his return will be purged of all decay and brokenness. All will be healed and all might-have-beens will be.
Just after the climax of the trilogy The Lord of the Rings, Sam Gamgee discovers that his friend Gandalf was not dead (as he thought) but alive. He cries, “I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself! Is everything sad going to come untrue?” The answer of Christianity to that question is – yes. Everything sad is going to come untrue and it will somehow be greater for having once been broken and lost.
Embracing the Christian doctrines of the incarnation and Cross brings profound consolation in the face of suffering. The doctrine of the resurrection can instill us with a powerful hope. It promises that we will get the life we most longed for, but it will be an infinitely more glorious world than if there had never been the need for bravery, endurance, sacrifice, or salvation.”

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~ by Ted Wueste on April 5, 2010.

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