Thursday, April 13, 2006

Cunningham on the Resurrection

A little early perhaps considering it is still Maundy Thursday, but still...
An excerpt from Cunninghams's treatment of the fifth article of the Apostles' Creed, '...On the third day rose again...'.

'The resurrection of Jesus ... is, above all, an authentication of the life of Jesus: a claim that God officially approves of his teachings and his willingness to die at the hands of the state.

The particular form of Jesus' life and death is thereby described as a good form, a divinely sanctioned form.

In addition, the resurrection of Jesus makes a statement about suffering and death--namely, that death does not have the final word. God's mighty act of raising Jesus from the dead is, as Paul puts it, a defeat of death by death (1 Cor. 15:54). "Death no longer has dominion over him" (Rom. 6:9); and, by extension, death no longer has dominion over us.'

Reading is Believing (p. 102).

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