At Easter time we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is the biggest event in the Christian calendar, for Christians, everything hinges on this one event in history (1 Corinthians 15:19). Our world today struggles with this event and we are full of doubt. We live in a modern scientific world, a world of cynicism, a world full of information. We live in a world which has made much progress but also in a world that is still often in turmoil, war, violence, greed, debt, anxiety and deep sadness. The answers that our world has constructed about why we are here and what life is all about don’t always cut the mustard. It seems to me that many people today still live without much hope for the future. The event of the resurrection is at its heart about new life and hope amongst brokenness. Can we trust that the resurrection of Jesus is true? Did it actually happen? If it did, why is it good news?
N.T. Wright has written a whopper of a book on the resurrection of Jesus. It is 817 pages long and I must confess I haven’t read all of it yet. What I have read has brought clarity around the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus and what this means. Since it is Easter Sunday here I offer a short summary of Part V of this book. (more…)