At the heart of Christianity is an event on which everything else depends: the resurrection of Christ from the dead. This extraordinary triumph testifies to God’s eternal power and willingness to share his victory over death, with us, through HIs son. We take up the proofs of resurrection today … on Faithbuilders.
Pursuing the subject of “afterlife”, Dr. Nunnally draws our attention to the emerging understanding of this concept during the intertestamental period (530 BC – 70 AD). Even though Jesus told the Disciples of his resurrection on the third day, his followers were surprised by the event.
Daniel 12; 2 Maccabees 7:9; John 19; 20; Matthew 16:211; Romans 1:4; 8; Relations 1
Today’s study focused primarily on scripture and the legacy of the Easter promise. Running through a list of scriptural references, we take a renewed look at what the cross and resurrection mean in terms of our eternal reward. “We are saved through Christ’s resurrected life. His resurrection holds the promise of our eternal life.” As the conversation comes to a conclusion, Dr. Nunnally takes up the special role played in the early church by James-the-Just, the half brother of Christ. It’s interesting that James was absent from the Lord’s earthly ministry until after the Lord’s resurrection. His radical change, from unengaged family member to a significant leader in early Christianity is “an internal proof of the resurrection, and the impact it had on even the Lord’s earthly family.”
In today’s session, Dr. Nunnally considers the resurrection message that figures so prominently in the book of Romans. Christ is validated by His rising from the dead: “He is who He said He was.” Returning again and again to this theme, Paul underscores the single event that distinguishes Christ’s earthly ministry. As we considered Paul’s emphasis, we engaged a discussion of the archeology surrounding Christ’s burial. While the Church of the Holy Sepulcher satisfies all the historical/biblical references, the Garden Tomb (Gordon’s Calvary) captures the pastoral setting of Christ’s burial chamber. While there’s a great debate with respect to which site is the actual place where Jesus was buried. Dr. Nunnally made the point that if you could cut and paste the Garden Tomb into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher — you’d have the best of both worlds. “The most important point in either case is, both tombs are empty.
In this session, Dr. Nunnally pursues the theme, central to Easter: the Resurrection. “Jesus did not become God because He was resurrected, He was God’s Son before Israel’s covenant. He was a member of the Godhead before Genesis. … We were reborn at the cost of blood.”