Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ever-Expanding Easter





"The Resurrection was not regarded simply or chiefly as evidence for the immortality of the soul ... There is not in Scripture the faintest suggestion that the Resurrection was new evidence for something that had in fact been always happening. The New Testament writers speak as if Christ's achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the 'first fruits,' or the 'pioneer of life'. He has forced open the door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so. This is the beginning of the New Creation: a new chapter in cosmic history has opened."

C.S. Lewis, Miracles

What do you think?

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3 comments:

Curtis said...

Wow Wayne, that's pretty philosophical. One should think about God always redeaming mankind from day one, but is the congregation as a whole ready to step outside historical writing of the recorded resurection as the one and olny. You'll get some feed back. Curt.

Todd Warren said...

"He is the 'first fruits,' or the 'pioneer of life'. He has forced open the door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so. This is the beginning of the New Creation: a new chapter in cosmic history has opened."

Brilliant!

I love thinking about the plan the Holy Triune concocted before all the plates started spinning.  That Christ Jesus, the one by whom and through whom all things were created, would intentionally decline the Divine Glory to live with us, show us truth, bring us power, and purchase our way into "the new creation."  

"Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation.  Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him.  He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together."

How beautifully odd that he was always the Pioneer of Life, but that in Eternal Wisdom it was deemed necessary for him to prove his dominion once again.  But maybe it wasn't "proving," maybe it was just love.  Because in this new way of living it seems that is the one thing that actually prevails every single time.


Leave to good 'ol C.S. to spur good thoughts.

Thanks.

Gordon said...

I liked the part about the immortality of the soul being something that had been always happening. Therefore the resurrection doesn't prove anything about that, but as your other commentators say, something new has been added.