9. The ResurrectionIn an interesting and revealing study, Pinchas Lapide writes on The Resurrection of Jesus, A Jewish Perspective (1983). Lapide believes that the resurrection actually took place. He makes clear, however, that other Jewish scholars over the centuries have held the same view also, without accepting Jesus as the Messiah. Lapide declares that Jesus could not have been the Messiah, because a new order and a worldwide kingdom were not at once established. The world continued as before.The New Testament, however, declares that Jesus is the Christ, or the Messiah, and by His resurrection He became the firstfruits of those who are dead, and the beginning of the new creation of God (1 Cor. 15:20, 23; Col. 1:18; etc.). “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is anew creation [or creature]: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).The resurrection thus begins the new creation and God’s Kingdom. As each of us becomes a new creation, we have a duty to bring everything around us under the dominion of Christ and into His Kingdom. We live in it, work for it, and bring all things into captivity to it.Hence the apostolic emphasis on service, on work, on the proclamation of the gospel, on collections for the poor and for suffering saints, and much, much more. All believers are expected to be Kingdom workers, to do the bidding of their risen Lord.The resurrection is thus not an isolated incident. It is a mandate for action, and if we are not a part of that action, we have not understood our Lord.— Rushdoony, A Word in Season 4
The Resurrection is not only something we behold with awe.
It is a mandate for action.
It is time to expand the Kingdom of God, and to crush the head of the murderous, child-killing serpent!
We are not to fear any power that can only kill the body.
Christ has broken the power of death, for all who believe in Him.
And the proof of this is the Resurrection.