The importance of Jesus’ resurrection

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From Pastor Becker’s heart to yours…..

The importance of Jesus’ resurrection

I’ve had the privilege (twice!) to hear Rev. Professor Jeffrey Gibbs teach on the importance of Jesus’ resurrection in Christian life and ministry. Dr. Gibbs wrote the Concordia Commentary on Matthew and teaches at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. His basic take away point is that we have placed undue emphasis on what is called the intermediate state, or the period of time between physical death and the resurrection of the body as confessed in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. Our hope rests not on being disembodied spirits in heaven with Jesus, but on the glorification that we will share with Jesus when this mortal puts on immortality and this corruptible puts on incorruptibility. Dr. Gibbs suggested , somewhat tongue in cheek, that we inscribe on our tombstones: “just a temporary set-back”. He drew our attention to hymns that emphasize this truth such as “Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won” in which we sing: Jesus lives! Death’s reign is done! From the grave will Christ recall me. Brighter scenes will then commence; This shall be my confidence. He also composed a new stanza for the familiar hymn “Abide with me”.

And when You come again at last to save,
Bring us to life, Lord, raise us from the grave.
So, then, with all creation, brave and free
I shall rejoice for you abide with me.

The lie is the death of man, his temporal and his eternal death. The lie kills nations. The most powerful nations of the world have been laid waste because of their lies. History knows of no more unsettling sight than the judgment rendered upon the people of an advanced culture who have rejected the truth and are swallowed upon in a sea of lies. Where this happens, as in the case of declining pagan antiquity, religion and law, poetry and philosophy, life in marriage and family, in the state and society — in short, one sphere of life after another falls sacrifice to the power and curse of the lie. Where man can no longer bear the truth, he cannot live without the lie. Where man denies that he and others are dying, the terrible dissolution of his culture is held up as a glorious ascent, and decline is viewed as an advance, the likes of which has never been experienced. (Hermann Sasse, Union and Confession, 1936)

Pastor Paul Becker
Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things in Your law. Psalm 119:18