What is resurrection?
It seems like a simple enough question, but it’s worth asking. I was struck again this past weekend by the almost singular meaning resurrection has for most people- the empty tomb. Of course I believe in the actual, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, but resurrection is so much more.
I see the resurrection, not as a singular trumpet blast, but as a full scale Wagner opera. There is just so much going on there.
The high pitched ringing of fireworks in my ears has finally subsided. My tasks at work, daily routines, and responsibilities have resumed like before and have already begun to amass with more ease than I quite hoped for. The fridge is no longer overly stocked and the door is no longer abnormally weighed down on its two hinges so that the thud of it shutting isn’t as severe as it was just a week ago…
In short, the New Year is fully entrenched and here to stay. There’s no going back to 2011.
And yet there is an inward pull backwards like an imperceptible undertow. An internal inertia that is powerful and has the ability to annul any momentum I’ve managed to build up toward the beginning of this new year- memory.
If Jesus is the reason for the season, what about Him is the reason?
Many Christians might casually answer, especially at this time of year, “Peace on earth.” This is mentioned by the angels in Luke 2:14, “…On earth peace among men of His good pleasure.” But the record of the New Testament provides a richer and fuller explanation of the reasons why Jesus came to earth. Peace on earth AND a lot more. Christ’s coming is best understood in relation to God’s good pleasure, an often overlooked phrase which is emphatically mentioned in Luke 2, the traditional Christmas story chapter which Linus reads in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
The incarnation of Christ is closely related to the purpose of God in creating man.
Below are 14 explicit statements Jesus made during His life concerning why He came and 2 reasons provided by the epistles. The list is not exhaustive but instructive. I really only included the verses that have the phrase “I have come to” or some variation of that. Enjoy!
Thanksgiving should be more than a holiday. It is an integral part of the Christian life.
From its inception to its conclusion, giving thanks is a huge secret to the Christian life, the experience of Christ, and the maintenance of the church life.
Three books from Paul show this: 1 Thessalonians, Colossians, and Ephesians.