I came across a link for a free e-book download and began reading Raised: Doubting the Resurrection by Jonathan K. Dodson and Brad Watson this week.
In what looks to be a really good introduction to the importance of Jesus’ resurrection, author/pastor Dodson makes this excellent, important point:
Sentiment, then, is altogether different from hope. Sentiment is based on feeling (often a good one); whereas, hope is based on a promise. (p.20)
We who hope in the resurrection of Jesus and celebrate that hope at Easter don’t seek to create good vibes of wishful thinking. We hope in the promises of our Creator. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26). The resurrection is the ultimate sign of the rock-solid surety of that promise.
As you hide an egg, sing a song, partake in a meal or do any number of celebratory tasks this week and weekend, do so knowing that these are the fruit of a resurrected life that was and is and is to come.
You can download the full e-book of Raised by clicking here.