Did you ever consider the connection between the resurrection of Jesus and the creation of the world?
When Paul gave his sermon on Mars Hill, the Athenians politely listened to all he said. They were, after all, according to Paul’s words, men who were “very religious in all respects” (Acts 17:22). But when Paul mentioned the resurrection of Jesus they immediately starting scoffing and adjourned the meeting. Why?
It wasn’t because they thought such an act impossible for the gods, but it was because they thought the idea of resurrection to be completely irrelevant. Why would the gods raise the dead?
The worldview of these Athenians was based on Greek dualism that saw the physical aspect of creation as inferior to the spiritual world. The goal in life was to escape earth, not be resurrected back into it.
If the Athenians had given Paul more time, he would surely have talked to them about the biblical viewpoint that God’s physical creation is not inferior to the spiritual worlds He has made. And he would have expressed the biblical hope that God’s ultimate plan is to renew all creation. This was Paul’s message in Romans 8:21-22:
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
In this verse, Paul shows us that our hope is a physical hope. He links the resurrection of our bodies and the release of creation from its curse. The foundation for such a hope is that Christ has risen from the dead. His resurrection affirms the biblical worldview that the physical part of God’s creation is intrinsically good. Resurrection vision is first, a reaffirmation of the goodness and importance of the physical world God has made and a rejection of the Greek worldview of dualism where one part of the universe is inferior to the other.
I hope you will obtain a copy of Resurrection Vision for your life and for your church, and learn the ten meanings of the resurrection of Jesus.