In our last Easter devotion, I said we would look at how Easter was always intended to reset our communion—God’s original design.
Most likely the church, you ‘attend’ this year will rightly declare the centrality of the resurrection. After all, the Apostle Paul plainly tells us that if Christ has not been raised, then our collective faith and preaching are both in vain (1 Corinthians 15:14). But that’s not the only point God makes in Scripture concerning the resurrection.
Resurrection—A Means to an End
Although this may sound controversial, it is perfectly in line with orthodoxy; resurrection is a means to an end, not the end itself. What I’m saying is that if being raised to a new life comes without the promise of eternal communion with God, it is not a gift worth having. After all, why would anyone want to live forever void of the very presence by which we live, and move, and have our being?
I believe it was Lenord Ravenhill who first said, “Everybody wants to go to heaven. They just don’t want to meet God when they get there.” And although Ravenhill was referring to judgment, resurrection without communion has never been on offer.This may sound controversial but it's perfectly in line with orthodoxy; resurrection is a means to an end, not the end itself. #Easter #Resurrection #HolyWeek Click To Tweet
In the series ‘What is Church? Part 1’ I explained Hebrews 10:19-22 and how Jesus’s body (the veil) and his blood (on the mercy seat) provided for us a new communion with the Father. And that is true, especially for this life. But it’s important to understand that in light of resurrection this renewed communion is now established forever.
Tomorrow we will look at why this is true. Until then, I’d love to hear a thought or new understanding that you’ve realized as you have studied the resurrection. Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.