I like the new piece by Daniel Kirk about Easter theology — it’s from Christianity Today. Here’s a clip:
The most important thing to say is somewhat shocking at first blush. At his resurrection, Jesus becomes something that he was not before. Jesus becomes the enthroned king of the world–the Messiah. But isn’t the Jesus we meet on the pages of the Gospels also the Messiah? Yes and no.
Jesus in the Gospels is like David in the Book of 1 Samuel. He has received God’s anointing as the chosen king, but another king is currently on the throne. The story of the Gospels is one in which Jesus inaugurates a new reign of God and deals a deathblow to the imposter king through his death on the cross. If the Cross is the defeat of the old king, the Resurrection is the enthronement of the new. Jesus now literally sits in the space that the kings of Israel had figuratively occupied before him: at the right hand of God. Though the preexistent Christ has always been God’s agent in the creation and rule of the world, the human Jesus is now joined to that role as Lord and king over all.