I so very much hope that you do not find the historical resurrection of Jesus Christ to be “stale” news. Today finds me grateful that I have been taught the truth about Jesus’ rising from the dead. The events are not “very deep and mystical.” While there are indeed profound implications due to the death and resurrection of Christ, we must be careful not to lose the forest among the trees.
“Up from the grave He arose”!
Spurgeon wrote the following:
Upon the incarnation, life, death and resurrection of Jesus our salvation hinges. He who believes these truths aright hath believed the gospel, and believing the gospel he shall without doubt find eternal salvation therein. But men want novelties; they cannot endure that the trumpet should give forth the same certain sound, they crave some fresh fantasia every day. “The gospel with variations” is the music for them. Intellect is progressive, they say; they must, therefore, march ahead of their forefathers. Incarnate Deity, a holy life, an atoning death, and a literal resurrection,—having heard these things now for nearly nineteen centuries they are just a little stale, and the cultivated mind hungers for a change from the old fashioned manna. Even in Paul’s day this tendency was manifest, and so they sought to regard facts as mysteries or parables, and they labored to find a spiritual meaning in them till they went so far as to deny them as actual facts. Seeking a recondite meaning, they overlooked the fact itself, losing the substance in a foolish preference for the shadow. While God set before them glorious events which fill heaven with amazement they showed their foolish wisdom by accepting the plain historical facts as myths to be interpreted or riddles to be solved. He who believed as a little child was pushed aside as a fool that the disputer and the scribe might come in to mystify simplicity, and hid the light of truth. Hence there had arisen a certain Hymenaeus and Philetus, “who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some” (2 Tim. 2:18). They spirited away the resurrection; they made it to mean something very deep and mystical, and in the process they took away the actual resurrection altogether.
Let’s us beware of thinking we must add something to make the resurrection more attractive. Instead, may we be filled with amazement today and everyday!
The section from Spurgeon was take from a sermon located at: