[Jesus’s] body had not been abandoned in the tomb. Nor had it merely been resuscitated, coming back into a more or less identical life, to face death again at some point in the future. It had been transformed, changed, in an act of new creation through which it was no longer corruptible. ‘The Messiah, once raised from the dead, will never die again; death has no more dominion over him.’ [Romans 6:9]
N. T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God. Christian Origins and the Question of God 3 (London: SPCK, 2003), p. 361
There is so much about the world that no longer makes much sense to me. The older I become, the less sure I am of what my life means and has meant. But there is one thing that does continue to make sense, and that is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I am convinced, despite my doubts, and despite all my questions, that Jesus is risen – and that what is a present reality for him is a future, an eschatological, reality for me; and not just for me, but for all those who are in Christ, and even for the world. If this is not so, then there is no hope, and the gospel message is not really good news at all.
And let’s be clear: as my namesake affirms, the hope of resurrection is not a simple resuscitation or some kind of zombie apocalypse. Christ’s resurrection has destroyed the power of death, the sting of death, once and for all. Although it is something many of us, including me, continue to fear, death is also something to be mocked, because, in Christ, death has died. And so resurrection has to be more than resuscitation; it is the life according to the physics of the age to come; and this age is assured because Christ is risen.