13 August 2019

Acts 24:14–21, 1 Corinthians 15:29–38, 1 Peter 1:13–25

Resurrection. It’s kind of important to what it means to be a Christian. However, in our scientific age, it’s often hard to convince non-believers of it, and even a lot of church-goers (who do call themselves Christian) struggle with believing it. Why is it? Really, it’s kind of unbelievable from a scientific point of view.

When Luke (Acts), Paul (Corinthians), Peter (Peter) wrote the Resurrection was abnormal, but it wasn’t out of the realm of all religions. In fact, a Jewish group (the Pharisees) did believe in the resurrection of the dead (Paul was one of them). It was a point of argument between Jewish groups. Roman and Greek religion had a form of afterlife (the Elysian fields or Hades, depending on your life). Again, the Resurrection wasn’t that odd.

It is now. The Resurrection of Jesus (and, by extension, us) is a core belief of Christianity. Yet, people try not to talk about it. They avoid it. How can we avoid this? It is human to avoid uncomfortable topics, especially when we struggle believing them.

A better question of the era is if you do believe in the Resurrection, what does that mean for you in the here and now? That, my friends, is quite the question, and it is definitely worth wrestling with. Far too many Christians, for far too many years, believed that once they “surrendered” to Jesus, they got the Resurrection in return. Which is true, to a great extent. It is also sadly mistaken from a complete Christian life sense.

The Resurrection life is not a future life (after we’re dead), it is a life that is to empower us for the now.

1) What do you think the Resurrection Life looks like?

2) Why do you think people skip to the end (the Resurrection Life), rather than the now?

3) Do you believe in the Resurrection? How would you defend it, if it came up in conversation?