At long last, tradition, the Apostle’s Creed, “The Harrowing of Hell,” grace, free will, predestination, justification, sanctification, the Messiah, Post-Evangelicalism, Scripture, and sacraments all lead up to the final promise of faith and the backbone of my beliefs – resurrection. When I set out to explore these theological issues, two and a half months ago, and present the public with an intimate doctrine of my beliefs, it was to permanently discredit allegations of apathy and disbelief. Tonight, I sit accomplished, having learned a great deal more about my faith through this process. In the unlikely event that allegations disbelief remain, imagine you’re me, writing the final topic of this discourse; if you could go out guns blazing or write about something beautiful, what would you do? For the first time in a long time, I am choosing beauty.
There is no matter of theology more masterful and beautiful than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I knew from the onset of this discourse that resurrection was going to be my main event. In the discussion of the Apostle’s Creed, it mentions that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the divine revelation that the promises of God are true. Christ stepped into hell and faced death even for us. God gave us faith, God gave us grace, and God gave us his Son on the cross so that we could receive grace. Even more, Jesus’ death was not the end, but the fulfillment of something magnificent. Like the prophet Jonah, who died at sea and was reborn into a second chance; the resurrection of Jesus, was the beginning of our second chances – it is our redemption – handed to us by a loving and gracious God. Without the historical event of Christ’s resurrection, the gifts of faith and grace are useless. With the resurrection, we are able to receive universal grace from a sovereign and mysterious God. No matter how much I write in my defense, God will always be God – magnificent and mysterious – giving grace to the undeserved – without need for defense because what is from God, that is for us, is about God – Solo Christo.