Archive for Resurrection
This is a beautiful quote from O’Donovan on the power of the resurrection to rescue what was lost, to give life to what was dead and to recreate what had been uncreated:
It might have been possible, we could say, before Christ rose from the dead, for someone to wonder whether creation was a lost cause. If the creature consistently acted to uncreate itself, and with itself to uncreate the rest of creation, did this not mean that God’s handiwork was flawed beyond hope of repair? It might have been possible before Christ rose from the dead to answer in good faith, Yes. Before God raised Jesus from the dead, the hope that we call ‘gnostic’ , the hope for redemption from creation rather than for the redemption of creation, might have appeared to be the only possible hope. ‘But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead…’ (1 Cor 15.20). That fact rules out those other possiblities, for in the second Adam the first is rescued. The deviance of his will, its fateful leaning towards death, has not been allowed to uncreate what God created.
(O’Donovan, Resurrection and Moral Order, p. 14)
ps. The pic is of the roof of The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. Over the next little while I’m going to try and use pics from our recent trip…
On Monday I was at the funeral of a dear old family friend. It was sad, funerals always are. And it was particularly sad watching the husband, in his 90′s struggling to say goodbye to his wife.
But there was also something incredibly different about this funeral. There was real and substantial hope. Hope of real bodily life again. So, I wanted to share some more mp3 love.
In 2006 N.T. Wright gave two lectures at Moore Theological College, today I want to share his talk on resurrection (ignore the title of the talk, it has been mislabeled ‘the doctrine of the church2′). It is excellent. In it, Wright argues that Christian’s have all too often misunderstood resurrection, using it to speak about life after death. Resurrection, he says, is not the re-description of death, it is the overthrow of death.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the lecture once you’ve listened to it…