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Thursday, March 30, 2006

along the road

Where did the Resurrection go along the Roman Road?
If that image confuses you and does not send a shiver down your spin, consider yourself lucky. I still remember being taught at the Student Union how to use this bridge illustration to walk people along the Roman Road: (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 5:1, 10:9)
But recently I have began to wonder where does the resurrection fit into all of this. I am going to try and tackle this for a final paper in Christology, should be interesting.
I heard a sermon last week from W242 called, "Why Did Jesus have to Die?" In it, Bruce preached a normal explanation of the substitutionary atonement (Seminary language for Jesus had to die in place of my sins.) Also Bruce said that the centerpiece of the Christian faith is the Cross.
Then, I remembered that blockbuster movie by Gibson. 2 hours and fives of Jesus suffering and death, and then a brief head nod to the resurrection right before the credits rolled.
It has made me wonder, why is the resurrection important in our evangelical tools. Does it really matter?
Even though Jesus said that "It is finished," while on the cross, was it completed?
Clearly for Paul, the engineer of the Romans Road, it does matter: "If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless, you are still in your sins." 1 Corinthians 15:17
I wonder where the Roman Road and the Road to Emmaus intersect


jes said...

they don't.

wb said...

"they don't"

well that could be the worldest shortest 20 page paper ever then.