What difference do the death and resurrection of Jesus make today?

a reading about the resurrection and a lecture by Mel Lawrenz and Scot McKnight

[Audio link for “What Difference Do the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Make Today?” below]

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

— John 20:1-2

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How difficult was it for the One who is Lord of the universe—who had a hand in creation itself, who is the very force of life that holds living things together—to wake up from the sleep of death and set aside the burial cloths draping his body?

The Resurrection

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” — John 20:1-2
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How difficult was it for the One who is Lord of the universe—who had a hand in creation itself, who is the very force of life that holds living things together—to wake up from the sleep of death and set aside the burial cloths draping his body?

The Crucifixion

They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. — Matthew 27:33-37

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Now came the time for the clash between good and evil, heaven and hell. The crucifixion of Jesus is both the most horrific moment in human history, and humanity’s only hope. That’s why we call the Friday before Easter, Good Friday.

Conocer a Cristo – Lecturas devocionales sobre la cruz y la resurrección

Knowing Him now available in Spanish

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Jesús es lo suficientemente intrigante como una figura histórica, pero es mucho más que eso. Jesús el Mesías es la fuente de gracia y verdad, perdón y confrontación, poder, sabiduría y vida. No es de sorprenderse que el apóstol Pablo dijera: «Lo he perdido todo a fin de conocer a Cristo, experimentar el poder que se manifestó en su resurrección, participar en sus sufrimientos y llegar a ser semejante a él en su muerte. Así espero alcanzar la resurrección de entre los muertos» (Filipenses 3.10-11).

Conocer a Cristo es un conjunto de lecturas devocionales que pone el foco en la razón por la que Cristo vino y qué logró para la humanidad mediante Su muerte sacrificial y resurrección triunfal.

Mel Lawrenz sirve al Señor como parte del equipo pastoral de la Iglesia Elmbrook en Brookfield, Wisconsin (EE. UU.), donde previamente se desempeñó como pastor principal. Tiene un doctorado en historia del pensamiento cristiano (Marquette University) y es adjunto en la facultad de Trinity International University. Es autor y coautor de dieciséis libros publicados por Zondervan, Baker, Regal, Leadership Network y otros.
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