Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, April 10, 2023

Opus 2023-105: Afterglow 2, The Link

Why do Christians link the crucifixion and the resurrection so closely together?  You could generate some spirited discussion just asking which is more imporrtant.  The answer is both.

If Jesus had decided to opt out of the cross then it would not matter if the tomb was empty.  It would just be another empty tomb waiting for a customer.  

If the tomb was not emtpy then the cross would have just been an sad bit of drama gone sadder.

Both are essential.  Neither is optional.  That is the historical aspect.

The theological aspect is just as important.  Without the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, there would be no atonement for mankind.  Even if the temple endured and you thought the sacrificial system brought atonement, it would only be for the Jews.  Forgiveness of sin would not be available to the Gentile world.  Without the empty tomb and its promise of our victory over death it would not matter if you sins were forgiven.  There would be no eternal life.

So rejoice in the afterglow of the resurrection celebration.  Christmas is a great time.  The entrance of God in the person of Jesus was no trivial event but it would have had little consequence without the cross and empty tomb.

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