21 March 2008

The Resurrection and Hardship

I was recently watching this video of Tim Keller at Stanford talking to students in a Q+A. In discussing his experience going under for surgery in 2002 for thyroid cancer, he recounts how he came to a deeper awareness of the significance of Jesus' resurrection. A powerful thought.

If the resurrection is true, then the universe is this ocean of glory and joy, and we just happen to be locked in this tiny little speck of darkness for a period of time, just a little speck in this ocean of joy, and it’s going to go away eventually. That’s what the resurrection means. Eventually God is going to end all evil and suffering, and we’re going to have a new universe and new bodies. And as I was going under, I suddenly realized that it didn’t matter if I died or not. My kids are going to be all right. My wife is going to be all right. Life is going to be all right. Everything was going to be all right.


Gavin Ortlund said...

hey Dane, if you get to look at Keller's new book, you should take a look at chapter 2, "how could a good God allow suffering?" It addresses some of these same ideas really well. GRO

ErinOrtlund said...

That's an inspiring quote! Thanks!