We live in an age of science. Science has proven, over and again, to be of fabulous value. However, science is about the natural order of things – the predictable, reliable, demonstrable patterns of the natural world. Living in this age of science, the tendency is to believe that those who lived in the time of Christ were, somehow, more gullible, more credulous, and more willing to believe in the miraculous.
By definition, the resurrection of Christ is not scientifically demonstrable. However, that does not equate to its being untrue. It is palpable, when you read the Biblical accounts, that those who lived at the time knew for a fact: when you’re dead you stay dead! They grieved Jesus’s death, and were deeply pained at his loss. And THAT is why they were so sceptical (in the first place), and then so changed, so motivated, so joyful when they became convinced that Jesus had, in fact, risen again!
During Easter, we recall how Jesus died – the horrendous experiences he endured: the agonizing of spirit, the rejection, the pain, the injustice, the loneliness. We believe that Jesus was no ordinary man, though. We believe that he was God-with-us taking the burden of our fallen humanity into his own being in the ultimate act of love. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
I Corinthians 15 contains one of the most powerful teachings about the implications of Christ’s resurrection. Paul argues that if Christ has not been raised from the dead, then our faith is a sham, he and the other followers who claimed to be witnesses are liars, and, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
Of recent times, some have attempted to dis-prove the resurrection of Christ. Lee Strobel, a journalist, for example, came to faith through this means. Lee Strobel speaks about his experience here. Ian Hutchinson, professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT also discusses the implications. These are articulate and compelling presentations, and I commend them to you.
Let us reflect and learn again, by pondering the resurrection of Christ, what it means for us. Let us, too, find in that historical fact that demonstrates that love is the essence of God’s being, renewed hope, faith, joy and power.
Christ is RISEN! He is risen indeed!