The crucifixion is humanity’s attempt to say No to God’s anointed Lord and Christ. The resurrection is God’s mighty Yes to Jesus, and God’s continuing Yes to humanity as well.
Acts 2:14a, 36-41 God continues to say YES in the face of humanity’s feeble NO. God says YES to Jesus, and God continues to say YES to Israel and to humanity as a whole.
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 Here we see the daring of God who is willing to have God’s own praiseworthiness tied to the actions of God on the earth.
1 Peter 1:17-23 We become part of a new family by being begotten anew: the power at work in Jesus’s resurrection is at work in us to give us new life. That new life means a new way of being, putting to death who we were before.
Luke 24:13-35 Who is the only one who (doesn’t) know? Jesus walks and talks and stirs the hearts of the disciples. But their eyes are only opened and Jesus is only revealed in the breaking of bread. Oh, and don’t you dare pine away for knowing what Jesus said on the road.
Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, and blogger who lives in San Francisco, CA where he is currently Pastoral Director for the Newbigin House of Studies. His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is hot off the presses. Daniel holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? He blogs regularly at StoriedTheology.com (http://patheos.com/blogs/storiedtheology). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.