Another set of TTS Essentials notes - this time from last night, when we met in my living room to discuss the Resurrection of Christ! Why did Jesus have to rise? There are all sorts of good reasons - to defeat death, to make us alive together with him, to guarantee that we will be with him forever - but ultimately, the Resurrection was the climax of God's great drama. The Son had to rise because our Father knows how to finish a story - and there is no greater one than this!
Why did Paul describe the Resurrection as the tenet of faith, without which our faith is futile and we're still in our sins? Why did the evangelistic proclamation of the Apostles focus so much on the exaltation and victory of the Son of God over death? We know why Jesus had to die - but why did Jesus have to rise?
That was the subject of our meeting on Sunday. We were looking at the Resurrection of the Son of God - his ultimate victory over Satan, Sin, Death and Hell. We'll never be able to give a full account of the empty tomb if we think about Jesus' resurrection merely as his 'supreme miracle' - like the raising of Lazarus, just many times more powerful. The resurrection of the Son of God wasn't a coda to heaven's work of redemption; it was its great, dramatic climax, the fulfilment of OT expectation. In the words of G.K. Chesterton, when the disciples went to bed on that first Easter Saturday, little did they know that all human history was about to die in the night.
Find a full set of notes below, which also include two appendices. (Dedicated to the Trinitarian significance of the Resurrection, and to Paul's description in Rom 4 that Christ was "raised for our justification.") Also find below a great, rousing Resurrection hymn from the Gettys!
"We're left with this funny feeling, as much scary as it is exciting. That despite the detritus of Christendom, despite all the arguments and counter-arguments, beyond the old books and old words -it's not unreasonable to dare to think, "he did it". He actually did it. And all history is cracked in his wake."
Last night, our focus was on the Resurrection of Christ - its basis in history, its part in God's redemption, its purpose in vindicating and exalting the Son. In the works of G.K. Chesterton, all human history died in the night. Now the Gardener walks in the garden, not in the cool of the evening, but the dawn.
Full notes below!
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