Resolving Contradictions in Scripture: The Victory of Christ's Resurrection

Mar 31, 2024 – Easter Sunrise (7:00 a.m.) | Psalm 41:11

Addressing “Contradictions” In the Scriptures

This early Easter Sunrise, we celebrate the victory of Christ's resurrection and how it resolves all contradictions found in the Scriptures. Contradictions often arise when two seemingly opposite statements are made, leading to confusion and frustration. 

In the fallen world we live in, contradictions often serve as indicators of falsehood and deception. In reference to the Holy Scriptures of God, contradictions take on an entirely different meaning.

The Scriptures, unlike our fallen and sinful world, are pure and trustworthy. While they may at times appear contradictory to each other, these contradictions do not signify falsehood. Instead, they testify to the infinite wisdom and thoughts of God, which surpass our understanding.

It is important to acknowledge the fact that God cannot lie, for if He did, He would cease to be God. Therefore, the contradictions in Scripture actually point to the truth of God that surpasses all human comprehension.

Contradictions Culminate at the Cross

All contradictions in Scripture find their culmination at the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus, though shamed and humiliated through His crucifixion, referred to it as His glory. In His death, Jesus achieved victory and ignited life and glory. The death of the Eternal God is undeniably contradictory, yet this fact is the centerpiece of our Christian faith.

The Psalms, which speak about Christ, also address contradictions concerning Him. In Psalm 41, David prays, "By this I know that you delight in me. My enemy will not shout in triumph over me." These words seem to imply that the enemy will not rejoice over Jesus' death. However, in another place, the Psalms mention that Jesus became the scorn of His neighbors, and all His enemies rejoiced. 

So, which is it? Both statements are true. All contradictions in Scripture ultimately converge at the cross and find resolution in Christ's victorious resurrection.

Resolving All Contradictions through Christ's Resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus is so perfect and complete that it cleanses history of its evil and sin. Although the enemies of God rejoiced at Jesus' death, His resurrection overwhelmed their rejoicing. Their laughter and delight at His crucifixion were erased from history. 

When Jesus showed His disciples His hands and side, the marks of brutality became signs of His redemptive work. His resurrection served as proof and verification that He had accomplished their redemption.

As a baptized Christian, you are united with Christ in body and mind. Therefore, the contradictions in Scripture are not only about Jesus but also about you. 

For example, Christians worldwide may suffer from hunger, especially in war-torn or corrupt regions. Yet, the Psalms declare, "I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread." This contradiction between God's promises and the reality we see in our lives will find resolution in the resurrection. On the last day, when the Lord raises His saints from the dead, it will be as though they never hungered or suffered.

Christ's Resurrection Cleanses Shame and Guilt

As a Christian, you may have things in your life that bring shame and guilt. However, God has declared contradictory things concerning you. He says, "You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ." Though contradictions may arise, God promises that those who wait for Him will not be put to shame. 

On the last day, when the Lord raises you up, all guilt, self-consciousness, and shame will be wiped out. It will be as though you never incurred any guilt or experienced any shame.

The power of Christ's resurrection is beyond human comprehension. When Jesus said, "It is finished," on the cross, it appeared as if His enemies had triumphed. However, His resurrection proved otherwise. God raised Him from the dead, granting Him glory. As a result, our faith and hope are firmly rooted in the Lord. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we can abound in hope, experiencing joy and peace in believing.

Victory in Christ's Resurrection

Our victory in Christ's resurrection is the ultimate resolution to the contradictions found in Scripture. Although contradictions may seem to arise, they culminate at the cross and find their resolution in the triumph of Christ's resurrection. 

As a Christian, you are united with Christ. Therefore, the contradictions in Scripture also speak beneficially about you. On the last day, when the Lord raises His saints, all suffering, shame, and guilt will be completely lifted. 

The zeal of the Lord of Hosts guarantees this glorious outcome. Let us rejoice in the truth of Christ's resurrection and trust in the power it holds for our lives. Christ is risen indeed! Alleluiah!

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