What visible difference does Christ’s resurrection make?

What visible difference has Christ’s resurrection made to death, evil and suffering? On the face of it, none, because we still die, do terrible things to each other, and pain, grief and mental turmoil are epidemic. Accidents haven’t stopped either, nor have natural disasters.

Even Scripture says “the whole creation has been groaning,” Romans 8:22, and it certainly got that right, because animals, forests and oceans are groaning under the weight of human stupidity and greed. Humans groan in frustration too, verse 20, because we still can’t stop ourselves getting old and sick, or stop what wrecks human lives and kills us.

So what has Christ’s resurrection done that’s actually changed anything?

Well, it did create Christians, who’ve done all sorts of things through the centuries to improve people’s lives and ease human suffering. But for all the good they’ve done, Christians still haven’t eradicated war, famine, disease, cruelty, crime or poverty, nor have Christians themselves escaped those things either. They too have been victims, and they too suffer like everyone else. So, what proof do even Christians have that Christ’s resurrection has made a difference, other than provide hope that there’s a better life after this one? But other religions, that have no belief in Christ’s resurrection, have that hope too.

Is there some other visible evidence, therefore, that demonstrates the difference Christ’s resurrection makes? There must be some obvious difference, surely, when it dawns on a person that Jesus being raised from the dead proves he was who he said he was, and that everything he said was true.

Like what, though?

Well, one of the things Jesus said in John 11:25 was, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” Oh. So if I’m facing terminal cancer, or I lose a child to suicide, I have absolute proof in Jesus’ own resurrection, and in this statement he made in John 11:25, that he has the power to resurrect me and my child. Death, therefore, is only temporary. Does that then add weight to that other statement Jesus made in John 14:27, when he said, “My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives”?

It should be obvious in a Christian’s life, therefore, that he is visibly at peace, even in the face of horrible things happening in this life. Like Paul said in Philippians 3:10, therefore, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection,” and in this very real way too, of not “being anxious about anything” (4:6), and having “the peace of God guard my heart and mind” (verse 7). And if that’s visible to others, even better.

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