The implications of the resurrection of Jesus are vast and go to the very definition of what is real. In this message we explore some of these implications.
According to the Gospel of Mark, the first people who discovered that Jesus had been raised from the dead did not react with celebration and rejoicing. Mark 16:8 describes their reaction this way, "They went out, and fled from the tomb. Trembling and panic had seized them. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid." In this message we propose that unless we are struck with trembling and panic at the empty tomb, we likely have not understood the meaning of the empty tomb.
Tombs are where we mourn our loss, find meaning and purpose, and sacrilize concepts of sacrifice, honor and justice. Tombs are also where all cultures have vowed revenge. But on Easter morning, with the tomb empty, all this is thrown into question. What implications does an empty tomb have for mourning, meaning, justice and retaliation.
The writer of Hebrews says that Jesus frees those who all their lives were held in the fear of death. In this message we consider the harmful things we do because we fear death - the death of relationships, the death of a career, the loss of possessions. Jesus wants to set us free from doing these things because only after something dies can it be raised from the dead.
Jesus told his disciples not to tell anyone about the Transfiguration until after he had been raised from the dead. In this message, Russ Hewett explores some reasons why by drawing analogies to Moses, Elijah and John the Baptist.
The resurrection of Jesus redefines and recreates life and death for humanity. We tend to define life in opposition to death. God has nothing to do with death. Drawing on the work of James Alison, Russ Hewett explores the implications of resurrection.
The first time the resurrected Jesus met his disciples, they recognized something very important in Jesus. His lordship was found in his wounds. This was a real head-spinner for them, and it can still be for us today.