April 11, 2012

What Difference Does the Resurrection Make?

A question that often arises during the Easter season is, what difference does the Resurrection make? As followers of Christ, we seek to live out the reality of the Resurrection, but what does that look like? Dr. Tom Schreiner tackled this topic on a recent blog post over at CredoMag.com:

What difference does it make that Jesus was raised from the dead? Someone might say, “I don’t care that Jesus was raised from the dead. What interests me is real life today, not whether some man came back to life 2,000 years ago. After all, all kinds of strange things have happened in history, but they don’t really matter if they don’t affect my everyday life. For instance, it is interesting that a man landed on the moon in 1969, but it really isn’t a big deal. My life would be pretty much the same whether man walked on the moon or not. And I think the same is true of the resurrection.”

Now what can we say in response to this? The first thing to say is that if the resurrection of Jesus doesn’t affect our everyday life, then it doesn’t matter. If the resurrection of Jesus is just a historical fact that makes no difference in real life, we shouldn’t celebrate it today. Do you remember who won the World Series in baseball last year? I was terribly interested when it happened, but just this week when I tried to remember who won I could not recall who it was. I tried and tried to think of it but couldn’t. If the resurrection is a historical fact like the World Series, we can forget about it. But Romans 8:5-11 teaches us is that the death and resurrection of Jesus do affect our everyday life. In fact, they are the most important events that ever happened in history.

Read the rest of the post here.