Creation, fall, redemption, consummation. Without Easter, the four chapter story would be incomplete; our work would be meaningless. With Easter weekend upon us, we pause our core values series to bring you this article by the Theology of Work Project. Read this portion below:
The hope of Christians lies in Jesus’ work on the cross and his resurrection. What does the resurrection, which we celebrate during Easter, mean for one of the most consuming parts of our lives–our work?
THE RESURRECTION AFFIRMS THE GOODNESS OF THE MATERIAL WORLD
The world is the good creation of God…Our work is meant to resemble God’s work. It has undying value. When we make computers, airplanes and shirts, sell shoes, underwrite loans, harvest coffee, raise children, govern cities, provinces and nations, or do any kind of creative work, we are working alongside God in his work of creation.
THE RESURRECTION DEMONSTRATES THAT THERE IS CONTINUITY BETWEEN THE PRESENT WORLD AND NEW CREATION
Even if there is life beyond the fallen state of the present world, our work would be in vain if the new world were completely disconnected from the present one…The old continues into the new, though radically transformed. It is precisely this continuity that lends meaning to our present existence and guarantees that our labor for God is of lasting value.
THE RESURRECTION IS A SIGN THAT NEW CREATION, WHILE NOT FULLY REALIZED, HAS BEEN INITIATED
Jesus’ crucifixion was the deathblow for a world system founded on pretensions of human power and wisdom. His resurrection marks the definitive intrusion of God’s ways into the world…Read the full article here.