We would not think that death could hold our Lord, but then we have the record of his resurrection. Why is the resurrection of Christ so essential? Why do we have such a huge problem understanding the resurrection of Christ?
There are times when we are tempted to think that God is not walking with us in the midst of our trials. We can think that the Lord is not really there nor is the Lord really all that gracious. We can think that until we consider the words of Psalm 69. How can the words of Psalm 69 and the suffering of our Lord encourage us in those trying times?
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?
Christ assures us that the folly of Christ’s cross is salvation manifested by the power of God. How can this be? This sounds impossible because the cross is a method of execution. Why would we want this symbol? The tragedy is that we are tempted to sanitize this symbol, but why is that so tragic? What could be the possible benefit of this cross?
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?
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?
When we think about Christ on the cross it is not something that is celebratory. That means we do not look at this event and celebrate the reality of the promises of God. The reason why I say this is because Christ has died. He died on the cross for what? He died on the cross for our sins. The disciples are rattled, his followers are rattled, but what has Christ done that is so good? Why would we call this Good Friday and not Fatal Friday if this is about the death of Christ? Death means failure right? Or are we missing something about that?