Celebrating the Reconciliation of the World

| By on The President's Notebook

Piero della Francesca, The Resurrection, Museo Civico of Sansepolcro

As this weekend we remember and reflect on the death and resurrection of Christ, I invite you to ponder these verses with me:

For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. -2 Corinthians 5:14-19

This passage illuminates the central mystery of the Christian faith: that through suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, humans are reconciled to God. Through that reconciliation we can glimpse now the future transformation of all things. Bible scholars and theologians often call this the “already and not yet”. Followers of Christ are already new creations through the power of the cross and empty tomb, but we still long for the final coming of God’s Kingdom in its full power and glory. The resurrection of Jesus Christ foreshadows a glorious reality free of death, tears, and suffering which has not yet come. In the meantime, we bear witness to the transformational power of Christ in our lives, communities, and world.

How can a person who values scientific discovery also speak of such things as resurrection and new creation, which are so far removed from the reality which science can measure? Isn’t that unscientific? If you are asking these questions on this holy weekend, I want to point you to some excellent BioLogos resources on these subjects (linked below and on the sidebar):   

Still Surprised by Easter, by Jim Stump

Does Resurrection Contradict Science? By Matt J. Rossano

N.T. Wright and the Resurrection, by Jeff Hardin

Easter for the Universe, by Ted Davis

Death’s Resurrection, by Daniel Harrell

Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Parts 3 and 4, by Ted Davis

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Haarsma, Deborah. "Celebrating the Reconciliation of the World"
https://biologos.org/. N.p., 25 Mar. 2016. Web. 22 November 2017.

APA

Haarsma, D. (2016, March 25). Celebrating the Reconciliation of the World
Retrieved November 22, 2017, from /blogs/deborah-haarsma-the-presidents-notebook/celebrating-the-reconciliation-of-the-world

About the Author

Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma serves as the President of BioLogos, a position she has held since January 2013. Previously, she served as professor and chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gifted in interpreting complex scientific topics for lay audiences, Dr. Haarsma often speaks to churches, colleges, and schools about the relationships between science and Christian faith. She is author (along with her husband Loren Haarsma) of Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design (2011, 2007), a book presenting the agreements and disagreements of Christians regarding the history of life and the universe. Haarsma is an experienced research scientist, with several publications in the Astrophysical Journal and the Astronomical Journal on extragalactic astronomy and cosmology.

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