Russell and Duenes

Unbroken and the Resurrection

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Another reason Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, is now one of my top five all-time non-fiction books is because it so continually shows the power of life, and the human desire to live. Again, without giving too much away, the protagonist, Zamperini, as well as most of his fellow POW’s, have an indominable will to live that gets them through the hell of the Japanese camps. It sometimes surpasses belief when you read about the things they endured. But why do we want to live so badly? Particularly when life becomes a living nightmare?

Someone might object: “What about all those people who commit suicide? They don’t want to live anymore.” I would say that, more often than not, those who commit suicide do indeed want to go on living; they simply don’t want to go on living in their current circumstances.

What does this have to do with the resurrection? As I read Unbroken, I couldn’t help but think that Jesus’ return from the grave to life at God’s right hand, and his promise to raise to eternal life those who trust in him, is simply written into our DNA, as it were. We bear the imprint of God, being created in His image, and thus, the divine life is suffused throughout our being. Thus, we yearn to keep on living, in the face of unspeakable suffering and hardship, beyond the seeming finality of the grave. We don’t want to simply pass out of existence, which is why well over 90% of humanity believes in some kind of life beyond the grave; and those who don’t rarely face up to the reality of what their own future nonexistence would mean.

Jesus promise of resurrection life with Him is the basis for all human yearnings to live, and to live well. May we bank our hope on the sure promise of life in Christ, based on His own triumph over suffering and the grave. He is risen indeed, and we live because He lives.



Written by Michael Duenes

April 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

Posted in Duenes, Reflections

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  1. You forgot to mention he’s a Trojan, too!


    April 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

    • You’re right. I conveniently forgot.


      russell and duenes

      April 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm

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