Wednesday, March 04, 2009

What we celebrate...

"...when Paul spoke of Jesus having been raised from the dead, and pointed on to resurrection as God's promise for all Jesus' people, nobody in Corinth would have thought he meant simply that Jesus had gone after his death into some glorious but non-bodily existence. (think about it; if that was what Paul and others had meant, why did they suggest it happened 'on the third day', rather than straight away?) People sometimes talk vaguely about Jesus being 'raised to heaven', but that simply isn't what the word meant...

..Christianity, you see, isn't a set of ideas. It isn't a path of spirituality. It isn't a rule of life. It isn't a political agenda. It includes, and indeed gives energy to, all those things; but at its very heart it is something different. It is good news about an event which has happened in the world, an event because of which the world can never be the same again. And those who believe it, and live by it, will (thank God!) never be the same again either." - Tom Wright

That's what (Easter) is all about.

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