But doesn't the resurrection make sense of it all? Of course, but sense to WHO?
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
Try as we may, the reality of the living Christ and him crucified will never make sense to those whose very existence is inextricably linked (that is, incapable of being disentangled) to an ever-dying creation. No doubt many would argue that the repeating cycles of death and new life - as in winter to spring or in the dawning of each new day - surely explain the miracle of resurrection to all who witness it. But does it?
For while one might recognize a truly new creation emerging out of the death of the old, another might be endlessly convinced that "new" is merely the early stage of old so that one eventually bleeds into the other. Such a resurrection makes sense to a world that vainly hopes for another chance in the next vicious cycle. The one who is of death cannot comprehend true life; the one without the mind of Christ cannot understand the things of God. Period.
Don't we realize that our charts, our presentations, our formulas, our common-sense principles, and our clearly defined doctrines have merely tapped into a logic that can only create imaginations based upon earth-bound concepts? Are we not aware that even our well-intentioned attempts to bridge that gap have only produced corruptible versions of resurrection? Do we not know that the true miraculous reality of new life lies beyond the reach of mortality?
After all, the world is filled with false speculations regarding the after-life - which are imaginations that might better be termed the after-death. Though it might be supposed that Christianity has somehow improved the world's perception of eternity by infusing Biblical teachings of heaven into the mix, I suggest it has only added to the confusion. For if your eternity is able to be discussed according to a wisdom devoid of THE eternal you should question the eternity you are holding to.
I'm sure some are wondering how we're supposed to relate the truth of the resurrection - or for that matter, any facet of the good news - to a world that has no capacity to receive it. For it is often reasoned - as being ridiculous - that if it cannot be understood it would be futile to even try. Those who denounce such an idea for its absurdity, usually under the guise of Scriptural proof-texts, overlook the fact that preaching the good news is not a matter of persuading someone through the process of reasoning. It is instead a matter of simply declaring Christ's reality, a ludicrous proposition that leaves the preacher in a totally helpless role as a messenger needing nothing short of a miracle to be believed.
Maybe we gravitate to rituals, forms and/or formulas - Scriptural, institutional or otherwise - because we don't want to be left in a position where we have absolutely no control. After all, wouldn't we prefer the added weight of at least SOME believability regarding the things of the Spirit? Perhaps our validation truly comes from Christ alone.