Since reading N.T. Wright’s "Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church", I keep seeing the power of Christ’s resurrection and ascension. Read this in my C.L. Lewis devotional, A Year with C.S. Lewis — a most excellent set of daily readings. I’m putting both books on my new Kindle, which I bought for myself for father’s day.
The New Testament writers speak as if Christ’s achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the ‘first fruits’, the ‘pioneer of life’. He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so. This is the beginning of the New Creation: a new chapter in cosmic history has opened.
–from Miracles, C. S. Lewis