A few nights ago, I was laying in bed and trying to go to sleep by doing a little reading.
I was reading Greg Gilbert’s “What is the Gospel?” when I came across this…
If Christ had remained dead like any other “savior” or “teacher” or “prophet,” his death would have meant nothing more than yours or mine. Death’s waves would have closed over him just as they do over every other human life, every claim he made would have sunk into nothingness, and humanity would still be without hope of being saved from sin. But when breath entered his resurrected lungs again, when resurrection life electrified his glorified body, everything Jesus claimed was fully, finally, unquestionably, and irrevocably vindicated.
Needless, to say, I was wide awake!
While we often celebrate the cross, it’s deadly image, and a Savior hanging as He breathed His final breath, we often forget just how essential the resurrection is.
A dead Savior wouldn’t have done.
A burried Christ would have failed to serve His purpose.
A resurrected Savior was what the world needed for redemption.
So, that’s what He did.
He got up!
That should motivate our life.
That should get our permanent celebration.
So, let me ask…
Do we over-celebrate the cross?