The resurrection as the epicenter of Christianity
“You shall be my witnesses”
Calvin Miller describes the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the epicenter of Christianity – an epicenter that is both personal and universal.
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Read Thomas Oden’s The Event named Resurrection
Whatever it was that occurred after Jesus’ crucifixion, one thing is absolutely clear: It was called resurrection. Of that there can be no doubt. All who were met by it called it the same thing. However unclear many things may be about alleged meetings with Jesus after His death, there was a consensus in the community that whatever it was that people were experiencing, the correct term for it was resurrection.
This foretaste of the first fruits of the reality of heaven empowered the early Christian community with incredible courage in the face of seemingly impossible obstacles and terrifying threats. Why? Because their trust was not in this broken world but in the risen Christ present to them as they sat together “at the Lord’s Table” or as they faced the wild animals of the Roman Colosseum.
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