Feelings, feelings, and feelings. Let me try thinking instead.
"In many respects I find an unresurrected Jesus easier to accept. Easter makes Him dangerous. Because of Easter I have to listen to His extravagant claims and can no longer pick and choose from His sayings. Moreover, Easter means He must be loose out there somewhere."
If in fact it’s true that Jesus rose from the dead and He conquered the final enemy, death itself, everything has changed. If He rose again, life will never be the same as we know it.’ (Judah Smith)
The resurrection is everything. It brings me into a relationship with a living Saviour who is intimately involved in my life.
The resurrection validates Jesus’ calvary cry, ‘It Is Finished,’ and therefore gives salvation to those who would call on His name.
The resurrection brings this ever present Saviour into the midst of suffering and gives me a hope one day all my tears will be wiped away.
The resurrection brings the presence and power of the Holy Spirit into my life to show me my own sin and failure and transform me to be more like Jesus.
The resurrection fuels my faith to share the good news of Jesus to a lost world despite persecution.
The resurrection frees me from materialism and consumerism as I live for a world to come.
The resurrection enables me to radically give to people who cannot pay me back in this life, as I will be repaid at the resurrection of the just (Luke 14:14).
the soldiers beating Jesus mocked Him by blindfolding Him and saying, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” (Luke 22:63-65) What they didn’t know was that Jesus intimately knew their every thought, every breath, every heart beat. He formed them Himself, and held them together AS they beat Him. His death for those He intimately knew but who hated Him anyway is the most radical love in all of history. and it changed everything. #easterthursday
“The church is not something additional or optional. It is at the very heart of God’s purposes. Jesus came to create a people who would model what it means to live under His rule. It would be a glorious outpost of the kingdom of God, an embassy of heaven.
This is where the world can see what it truly means to be human. Our identity as human beings is found in community. Our identity as Christians is found in Christ’s new community. And our mission takes place through communities of light. Christianity is ‘total church.’”
–Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Total Church