How Do You View Christ’s Resurrection Today?
“He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” 1 Corinthians 15:4
The resurrection of Jesus is a popular topic of discussion and debate, including whether it even happened. This debate is often framed in terms of the past and the present difference. It is seen as the past for some – something that happened long ago. For others, it is seen as ongoing – happening right now. So, is the resurrection the past or present? Unfortunately, there is no universal answer to this question as it depends on individual beliefs and perceptions.
Many proponents of the idea that the resurrection is both past and present, as it can encompass both the physical and spiritual dimensions of life but all depend on the dimension of an individual’s life. Those who argue that resurrection is a past event typically believe that Jesus was resurrected on Easter morning and then ascended into heaven. They see the resurrection as an event that already happened and is now over. In contrast, those who argue that the resurrection is still happening typically believe that Jesus is still alive and that his resurrection is an ongoing process.
1 Peter 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
There are several reasons why people might prefer one perspective over the other. Some people might find the idea of a past resurrection comforting because it means that Jesus is no longer suffering and see this as something that happened to Jesus alone benefits. Others might find the idea of a present resurrection more comforting because it means that Jesus is still with us and can help us through our struggles. Each perspective has its benefits and drawbacks.
However, it is important to understand the difference between the past and the present to understand Jesus’ resurrection better. Even though we remember Easter as a past event, we must celebrate it as a current event as God continues to work in us, and no matter what your past looks like, God wants to meet you in the present and transform your future. Romans 8:34 says, “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”
1. Oh Lord, I thank you for you have not abandoned my soul to Sheol or let your holy one see corruption.
2. I know my redeemer lives; therefore, I invite you to come and renew me in your power in Jesus’ name. Amen.