I am immensely enjoying reading The Cross Is Not Enough, Living as Witnesses to the Resurrection. Chapter 2 is titled The Resurrection Effect, Yours, Mine and Ours. In this chapter they break down 12 sub headings which they call “Zones for living.” This morning I want to look at zone 9, which is that of “Ethics.” They emphasize three layers relating to ethical thought.
- The resurrection verifies Jesus credentials.
- The resurrection reshapes our understanding of human ethics within creation.
- The resurrection shapes our eschatological thinking in how we treat all of creation.
It’s no secret that one of my favorite themes in the NT is how there is no gender, age, social class or nationality restrictions in Christ. For Christ has united us all, has accepted us all, has forgiven us all as one body under him. Not only has he done this for us, he has also called us to partake in his recreational work here on earth. The resurrection of Christ, the promise of our own resurrection and the promise of a resurrected new heaven and earth must cause us to stop, pause and think; for these are major themes of life which are throughout the Gospels and the Pastoral Epistles which encourage us to care for all of creation: Earth, animals and each other. For the resurrection of Christ proves his claims and his teaching about himself. Christ taught us that he is the way, the truth and the life, and that he will never cast anyone aside who comes to him. And with that promise we now have a foundation of care for others. We can love because God first loved us. We can care for humanity because God first cared for us. We can care for all of creation because God first cared for creation and continues to care for creation and promises to restore all of creation.