Hallucination theories and stolen body theories assume that Jesus’ resurrection was an openoption can is expected to others. But the people of that time would have considered itimpossible for different reasons. Why would they create a lie and die for it?
“Here’s the plan: We steal the body, come back and tell everybody He is risen and get killed for it.Who’s in this with me?”
“Chronological snobbery”: Ancient people know that dead people do not come back tolife. We should give them more credit. In fact, an individual bodily resurrection was almostinconceivable. Spirit is good, but the body is evil in Greek thought. Even those who believein reincarnation understand a return to embodied life as a prison for the soul. For Jews, theyexpect a final day resurrection of all righteous in the renewal of the world. But the idea of an individual being resurrected, in the middle of history, while the rest of creation goes onwith sin and death, is inconceivable.Wright: Jewish revolutionaries whose leader had been executed had two options: give upthe revolution or find another leader. Claiming that he was alive again was simply not anoption. Unless, of course, he was.That historical event caused the Christians to shift their worldview: Jesus is not onlyhuman, he is the transcendent, personal God revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures.What does it matter? Many skeptics care for the environment and the poor, yet the materialworld and all of life came by accident and everything will end up in ashes one day. Theywonder why so few people care for justice yet their own worldview undermines anymotivation to care and make sacrifices for a better world. In the end there is no difference.If Jesus is not risen, then Karl Marx is probably right to accuse Christianity of ignoring problems in the material world., and Freud to say it is wish-fulfillment or Nietzsche to sayit was for wimps.But the Christian hope of eternal life is not like that. It is not about running away fromreality. Our ultimate future is a new heaven and a new earth. This world we live in will berenewed, transformed and restored. It won’t be abandoned or left to rot.So we look forward to a resurrection just like Jesus’ where we will be raised to life in anincorruptible and glorified body. What God has done in Christ on Easter morning, Hewould do on a cosmic scale for the entire creation, including us. There will be no moresorrow, sickness, decay or violence for God will wipe away every tear and restore all that isgood. C.S. Lewis described the future redeemed world to be more substantial, moretangible and more solid than the world as we know it. New Creation: Coming soon to a planet near you…If that is what Easter resurrection means, shall we not take up some new things thatmodel (in small ways) the future kingdom of justice, love and hope? Now, how would that look like?2