Being Resurrection Focused
“[I]f Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.“
The Apostle Paul
I have been convicted as of late on how low of a view I have of the resurrection. Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 makes the resurrection the focus of all that he is. Paul proclaims that if Christ wasn’t raised then we’re still in our sins (1 Cor 15:17). It amazes me on how much I, and Christians in general, focus on the death more than the resurrection (i.e. The Passion movie). I myself when sharing the Gospel feel more obligated to share “sin management” then sharing how we can truly live through the resurrection.
Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.
I also read an article recently on how few Christians believe in a bodily resurrection. I started thinking about this, and I wondered: “Do I believe that?” It got me thinking about how I viewed my own resurrection one day. I’m just in amazement that out of all the theology I’ve studied I have not done an in-depth study of (a) the resurrection of Jesus and (b) the bodily resurrection of the saints. It seems like I missed the mark on that one!
I want to transform my walk to keep the resurrection at the forefront of my life. I spend way to much time talking about the life and teachings of Jesus—which are important (Mat 28:20)—but I have denigrated the resurrection for His teachings. I need more balance in this regard.