The goal of the Christian life is to make it to the end of the age without turning from the Lord. How can we do this, and what assurance do we have that our Sabbath rest is worthwhile?
The resurrection of Christ is a difficult doctrine for us to defend. I mean the absurdity of this is when recognize that we are coming together on April Fools day to talk about the resurrection of some guy who clearly died on the cross. How can this be possible? More importantly is it really that important to talk about the Resurrection of Christ?
On Good Friday we considered this servant song from the perspective of the suffering servant. We saw that the sermon was clearly presenting a suffering warrior. This is not a song that we normally associate with resurrection. Is there a message of resurrection in this song? Or is the resurrection something that is only taught in the New Testament?
It is tempting to take out the doctrines of the Christian faith that do not seem to be that high of a priority. We could do this with the doctrine of the resurrection. We could try to make the case that this is a doctrine that only impacts us at the end of life rather than impacting us right now. Is that something that the Apostle Paul would affirm? Why does Paul make such a big deal about the resurrection and the gospel? What does the Corinthian church teach us about the continuing nature of the church?
The disciples know where they buried Christ. They are the ones who placed Christ in the grave. They showed their care for the Lord in their provision for Him, but yet Christ is not where they put him to rest. What has happened? Why does it seem like the only rational for Christ being some place else is because of grave robbers? What other option is there that we should see, appreciate, and love?
The pharisees and the sadducees finally have Christ right where they want him. In their minds they have trapped Christ into either losing credibility with the people or being charged as an insurrectionist. How is Christ going to get out of this trap? What does Christ teach as He responds to their trap?
The Lord is the king who rules over heaven and earth. He is the one who triumphs and has while continuing to manifest His might, His power, and the strength of His hand. So, if this is true then why would we ask that His kingdom would come if He is strong enough to establish it? What does the resurrection have to do with this request? Why would the resurrection be so essential for the Christian life?