Karl Barth on Easter

The third day a new life of Jesus begins; but at the same time on the third day there begins a new Aeon, a new shape of the world, after the old world has been completely done away with and settled in the death of Jesus Christ. Easter is the breaking in of a new time and world in the existence of the man Jesus, who now begins a new life as the conqueror, as the victorious bearer, as the destroyer of the burden of man’s sin, which had been laid upon him. In this altered existence of His the first community saw not only a supernatural continuation of His previous life, but an entirely new life, that of the exalted Jesus Christ, and simultaneously the beginning of a new world.

(Dogmatics in Outline p. 122) – Karl Barth


  1. Hold Barth’s theology of the cross (the cross that has “completely done away with” the Old Aeon – or “the present Evil Age”) in light of the beginning of Paul’s letter to the Galatians (Gal. 1:3-5)

    “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

    And serving as a bookend to the Gospel Vision of Galatians is this eschatological declaration:

    “Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision mean anything; what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.” (Gal. 6:15-16)


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