Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Reality of the Resurrection II

Craig L. Nessan, professor of contextual theology at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, discusses four points about the reality of Jesus' resurrection over at Beliefnet.com (reprinted from The Lutheran magazine). Here's an excerpt (including a summary of the four points):

Jesus' resurrection has stirred doubt and debate since the women ran back into Jerusalem telling stories about an empty tomb. A few decades later Paul had to defend the Resurrection to skeptical church members at Corinth: "Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead?" (1 Corinthians 15:12). Even then Jesus' resurrection was questioned.

We depend on the faithful testimony of those who have gone before us. They passed on an unfathomable message: "Christ is risen!" Generation after generation of believers have received and struggled with that message.

Contemporary theologians continue to probe the meanings of the Resurrection. Their insights can help us claim its truth anew. Here are four.

  1. The Resurrection is a historical reality, not just the believers' subjective experience.
  2. The resurrection verifies Jesus' identity and the truth of his message.
  3. Jesus' resurrection means mission.
  4. Jesus was raised in the body.

Read all of Nessan's article.

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