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Through Christ, God is able and willing to resurrect every part of our broken and dead world and lives. Pastor Britt speaks about that here in his sermon from Easter 2012.
While salvation from sin is accomplished by God, it does not result in the objects of God's mercy being passive but active. In salvation God resurrects deadened sinners by illuminating their minds, enlivening their will and stirring their affections so they actively particpate with God in God fufilling his promise to bring his kingdom. We see this active participation in Abram's by his submitting his reasoning to God's word and to the historical process of learning from God's word.
This week we see Jesus stop death in its tracks and breathe life into an extremely awkward situation.
Sometimes it seems like God is missing or absent, yet through all God is with us and is working to restore our broken humanity and this broken world.
Nearly two thousand years ago the scared and dejected followers of Jesus were told on a Sunday morning that their beloved leader, who had been brutally executed three days before, had risen from the dead. They were all incredulous and did not believe the account until Jesus came to them, and they saw his scars and felt his wounds. The reality of the resurrected Christ changed these followers from timid men who were mainly concerned with their own status into people who would boldly proclaim the greatness of Christ to all regardless of what it cost them. They could do this because the same God who rose up out of His grave promised them that if they believed in Him He would bring them up out of their graves to spend eternity with Him. This great promise is extended to everyone in the world and we too can rise and be with Christ forever if we trust in Him.
Many people will tell you about how hope is an essential element to living a happy and successful life, but people disagree on what we should put our hope in. People try to put their hope in their circumstances, their family and friends, or the power of positive thinking, but eventually all of these things will let us down and we will end up in cynicism and despair. The apostle Paul writes to the Philippians from a Roman jail that he has found contentment because his hope is not in his circumstances, his status, or even the people around him, but in Jesus Christ, who God raised from dead, and this hope will never fail. On Easter we take time to remember that our ultimate hope is that we are reconciled to God if we trust in Christ because He bore our sins when he was crucified, and one God will raise us from death just as He raised Jesus from death on that momentous Sunday morning almost two thousand years ago.
Many people throughout history have tried to explain away the resurrection of Jesus Christ as fable and myth, but those like John who saw Christ risen believed in Him so strongly that they were willing to boldy proclaim the Gospel amidst fierce persecution. We too should have full assurance that Jesus rose and this should transform us to be devoted followers as well.