The Resurrection is Everything

Obiwan Kenobi once said to a bewildered Luke Skywalker, “You’ll find that many of the truths we cling to in life depend greatly on our point of view.”   The transcendent Jedi was right.  The problem with relativism is found in the fulcrum.  The existentialists are right if we are the fulcrum.  If we are the fulcrum, then truth is relative to us.  But if Jesus is right, then He is the fulcrum and truth is relative to Him.  But, someone may point out, if we allow that Jesus is the fulcrum, that truth is relative to Him, aren’t we simply making this true for ourselves.  Haven’t we retained truth as relative to us even if we have said that truth is found in someone else, namely, Jesus?  Philosophically, yes; theologically, no.

The answer to this little problem is in the answer to this question: who is risen from the dead?  One of my philosophy professors in undergrad was fond of saying that “philosophers climb the daunting mountain of wisdom only to find the theologians eating on top of it.”  In the end, Jesus will be proved to be the truth to which all things must relate.  The evidence of this: He is risen.  All theology, all Christology is defined and comes from the resurrection.  The resurrection of Jesus is everything.  No, it’s not the only thing, but all other things – atonement, justification, sanctification, love, et. al. – find their completion, their telos, in His resurrection.  It is in the resurrection that all things in heaven and on earth, all authority, has been given to Him.

The Church, the Christian, lives in the resurrection.  We eat our heavenly food in the resurrection.  We hear our Savior in the resurrection.  We love one another in the resurrection.  Jesus is the firstborn from the dead, we are raised with Him.  The implications of this (and, yes, the applications too) are limitless even as He is all in all.  We await the revelation of God’s sons, those who are buried with Christ and raised with Him.

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3 Responses

  1. Now you’re starting to sound like me–and that’s a bad thing for you.

    • Ah, but is it I who am beginning to sound like you, or is it you who sounds like me? The former may be bad for me, but the later would be quite beneficial for you. It’s all relative.

  2. I certainly agree with all that you say. I would only add that when we speak of the resurrection we must also speak of Jesus’ atoning death on the cross. They are flip sides of the same coin. To speak of one without the other is to rob both of their essential meaning.

    I doubt if you disagree with me, Pr. Lovett, but I thought I would add it for good measure.

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