God’s Justice and Resurrection Hope

Reading for a sermon, I came across the following explanation of how the idea of resurrection emerged in ancient Israel.

“In ancient Israel, the idea of resurrection had not first emerged out of a general conviction that there must be life after death. People were content to believe that, if you lived to a ripe old age and had many descendants to carry on your name, that added up to a good life. Some sort of shadowy existence might continue after death, but it was not the focus of their faith. Resurrection hope arose in the context of belief in God’s justice. Some good people, faithful Jews, did not lead long and happy lives. They suffered and died young, and they might not have any descendants at all. . . . If God is just, then death cannot be the end of these people’s stories.” — William C. Placher [1]

Jesus Christ is risen. His story continues. In him our story can continue.


[1] William C. Placher, Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 92.