Blog Posts on The Resurrection of Christ

Have You Found What You’re Looking For? (Easter Sunday)

Tony Reinke

Like children scattering around a yard for Easter eggs, you and I are on a hunt.

We all hunt. Our thirsty souls rummage through every nook and cranny of this world, in search of shiny pleasures and saccharine delights.

Every such joy seeker, in pursuit of treasures that will not fade or rust or break or be stolen, must pay careful attention to Easter — not with a nod-off-through-the-sermon kind of attention, but with a real, earnest, eager attention riveted…

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Recovering Awe

Jonathan Dodson

Pride cannibalizes awe. When our thoughts drift to how we have been poorly treated, how we are right or deserving of more, or how we will never be good enough, our worship is devoured, eaten up by the Self. We remain under the umbrella of our own authority, recognizing no greater authority and, therefore, enjoying no greater Greatness.

Missing Greatness

When Jesus returned home to Nazareth, they were astonished at his teaching (Mark 6:2). But then, in a sudden turn,…

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Five Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus

Joseph Scheumann

The resurrection of Jesus is foundational to the Christian faith, and yet, oftentimes, we only give it real thought around the Easter season.

But the resurrection of Jesus is so important that Paul writes, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). And later he says, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (verse 19).

In…

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A Vision for Holy Week

John Piper

Word pictures have power to put familiar wonders back where they belong — in the heart of worship. Isaiah pictured the Messiah as so tender he would not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick (Isaiah 42:3). Yet he will be so mighty that he will bring justice to victory over all the evil of the world (Isaiah 42:1, 3).

Some years ago God wakened a word picture in my mind for Holy Week. Then and now the…

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When Easter Joy Turns to Monday Gloom

Tony Reinke

Coming out of holy week in 1981, Pastor John addressed the realities of the Monday blues that so often follow on the heels of the Easter Sunday joys. He said this in his sermon, "The Sifting of Simon Peter” (Luke 22:31–34):

The word of encouragement and consolation and hope that I want to offer you today from God’s Word is that, if you love God and are called according to his purpose, if you are despairing of your…

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10 Results of the Resurrection

Jonathan Parnell

Get a free download of this new poster (PDF) from John Piper's article on ten results of the resurrection:

  1. A savior who can never die again. "For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again." Romans 6:9
  2. Repentance. "The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel." Acts 5:31
  3. New birth. "By…
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God Is The Resurrection-Gospel

Tony Reinke

The whole point of Easter is that we get … blank.

How would you finish the sentence?

... we get justification.

… we get new life in Christ.

… we get the promise of imperishable physical bodies.

… we get the promise of eternal joy.

For all the right answers we could give, there’s one even more fundamental purpose behind the holy week events, writes John Piper in his book God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God's Love as

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Did Jesus Spend Saturday in Hell?

John Piper

The Apostles’ Creed says, “[He] was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead.” There are many meanings given to this phrase. I simply want to ponder the traditional interpretation that Christ went to the place of the dead to preach the gospel to Old Testament saints that he might set them free for the full experience of heaven. This is the view of the Catholic Catechism and many…

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Resurrection Day 2.0

Nancy Guthrie

Sunday we experienced a glad Resurrection Day accompanied by glorious, triumphant music and bright celebrations of confidence that “He is risen indeed!”

But when we think about that first resurrection day,we realize that our experience is far different from that of Jesus' first followers. Luke’s record of the discovery of the empty tomb is followed immediately, not by a joyous celebration, but by a disheartened conversation:

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven
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In His Resurrection He Was Justified

Josh Etter

Jonathan Edwards writes:

So Christ, our second surety (in whose justification all whose surety he is, are virtually justified), was not justified till he had done the work the Father had appointed him, and kept the Father’s commandments through all trials, and then in his resurrection he was justified. When he had been put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit, 1 Peter 3:18, then he that was manifest in the flesh was justified in the Spirit,…

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