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Resurrection!

If you want the Good News in one word, this is it: Resurrection!

The Judeo-Christian story can be summed up in two words: Life and Death. God is Life, everything else leads to death. In the Garden of Eden, there were two trees in particular. One was the Tree of Life (Eternal). The other was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, with a death curse attached to the eating of its fruit. Adam chose death. (Genesis 2, 3)

In the wilderness, God through Moses declared, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life…” (Deuteronomy 30)

In exile in Babylon, God through Ezekiel declared, “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live.” (Ezekiel 18)

The Father’s desire for us is life!

Just before he was betrayed, Jesus said, “”I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14)

The singular event in all of human history remains the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Saul of Tarsus met the Resurrected Jesus on the road to Damascus. It so rocked his life that he later declared everything he once held dear, his credentials, his former beliefs and faith life, all of it, were now as dung to him.

And not just any old dung or refuse or rubbish, but the stuff that came from the public toilets located along Roman highways.

The power of the Resurrection was now everything to him. (Philippians 3) Paul understood the order God was pursuing in redeeming all things to Himself. In the 15th chapter of his first letter to the Corinthians, he wrote:

“For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope for this life only, we of all people are most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man [Adam] death came into the world, by a man [Jesus] has come the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first-fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”

Death still touches us in this world. But because we serve a Resurrected Jesus, death does not get the last word in our lives. He does.

No matter how dark things might seem, no matter how complex the world might get, at the end of it all there is one word that stands.

RESURRECTION!