The Cross and the Resurrection: Always Both

Calvin, on Luke 9:21-27:

But as the bare mention of the cross must, of necessity, have occasioned heavy distress to their weak minds, he presently heals the wound by saying, that on the third day he will rise again from the dead. And certainly, as there is nothing to be seen in the cross but the weakness of the flesh, till we come to his resurrection, in which the power of the Spirit shines brightly, our faith will find no encouragement or support. In like manner, all ministers of the Word, who desire that their preaching may be profitable, ought to be exceedingly careful that the glory of his resurrection should be always exhibited by them in connection with the ignominy of his death.

This reminds me of my excellent preaching professor, Dr. Greg Heisler, who said of one student mentioning only Christ’s death, “Don’t leave Him in the grave! He rose!”

I’ve found the same wisdom to be true in instructing little ones in the things of God. The cross sounds scary, downright depressing, without the resurrection.

See also Adrian Warnock‘s book on the doctrine of the resurrection, Raised with Christ.

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

2 Responses to The Cross and the Resurrection: Always Both

  1. Chuck says:

    These words particularly struck me:

    “In like manner, all ministers of the Word, who desire that their preaching may be profitable, ought to be exceedingly careful that the glory of his resurrection should be always exhibited by them in connection with the ignominy of his death.”

    Amen to that, brother!

    • B Treece says:

      Yeah, I should have made those bold. They’re the main point. Always exhibit in connection!

      Thanks for writing. It’s good to know who reads this stuff and how I can better help.

      Britt
      (crossonmyback)

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