Samwise Gamgee, a character in J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Return of the King, once asked a profound question after Gandalf’s return from the dead.
“Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue? What's happened to the world?”
The resurrection of Jesus is the answer to Sam’s question in our world of evil and suffering, and death. Because Jesus, the King of Kings, walked out of his tomb with death crushed under His feet, everything sad will one day become untrue when our resurrected King returns.
Every wrong will be made right. Every tear will be wiped away. Every joy we only know faintly now, we will know fully then. And best of all, we will see God face-to-face—our souls fully satisfied in him forever.
Our “Resurrection Logomark” is meant to evoke the dawning of hope, light, and new creation through the open door of the empty tomb at the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because He died on Good Friday and rose again on Easter Sunday, all those united to Him by faith possess the unshakeable, living hope of true life and joy in the presence of God.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb… And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. —Luke 24:1–3
In a profound sense, local churches like ours are the first installment of this resurrection light and new creation glory. We aim to reflect Christ’s work in “making all things new” (Revelation 21:5) through our life together. We pray the love and joy and holiness of Heaven will work dynamically in and through us. Each Lord's Day (Mark 16:2), we gather as a glad response to Christ’s finished work in rescuing us from the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of Light.
Together, we stake our lives upon the historical reality of the empty tomb, and we gladly respond to our conquering King’s command to proclaim the light and life and love of God’s good news to those still in darkness.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. —1 Corinthians 15:3–9
4 Steps to Understand the Resurrection
- To learn about the Empty Tomb, read Proof of the Resurrection.
- Listen to our sermons, Romans: Good News for All Nations.
- Fill out a Connection Card, and we’ll answer any questions!
- For a deep dive, visit The Resurrection (a theological essay).