He is Risen, He is Not Here

He is risen indeed.

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  1. Indeed, He is Risen.

    Not to throw a wet blanket on our acknowledging this Gospel truth, I believe we should adopt an attitude of ambivalence toward the celebration of Easter. Not because I have any principled objection to the celebration of Easter – I do not. And the Fundamentalists are wrong to object on the basis of its historical association with pagan festivals (a genetic fallacy if ever there was one). But I do believe the celebration of Easter is simply symptomatic of prevalent problems within evangelical churches.

    Their preaching is not Gospel-centered, it is too often moralistic, so they need a ‘special day’ to remember, ‘oh yeah, Jesus died and was risen, by the way’, admist their sermon series on learning how to become more filled with the Spirit or whatever. Their preaching is not Christ-centered, Gospel-centered, or redemptive historical. Their Gospel is something you learn as a new Christian but then move on from. But we are blessed to be part of a church where Christ and his work is the center of every sermon, every Lord’s Day – no exceptions, no time off for good behavior. It is part of our liturgy, every Sunday. And we proclaim the Lord’s death (and resurrection) until he comes in the Supper every Sunday. The celebration of Easter as a separate, set-apart day on the church calendar becomes superfluous if the work of Christ is already the lifeblood of the church’s worship, week in and week out.

  2. Furthermore, David, the Evangelicals have lost the theology of the Lord’s Day. The Lord’s Day is the Christian Sabbath so ordained by the resurrection of Christ on the first day of the week. They made the Lord’s Day all about the seeker, thus removing anything that had to do with the Lord.

    He is risen, indeed!

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