met·a·phor a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstract.
The Resurrection is not a metaphor, it is a concrete reality more real than you or me. If God’s incarnate love ended on the cross; if the truth Jesus proclaimed was only equivalent to any other; if the light of the world was extinguished by death; then we are far worse than without hope, and existence is exactly as random and futile as many of us claim or secretly suspect. But the Resurrection is not a metaphor…
Modern minds talk about the symbolism of Easter and its nature-based roots. The Resurrection is not a metaphor for the power behind the return of life in nature each Spring, rather, the return of life in nature each Spring is a metaphor for the power behind the Resurrection. The Resurrection is the manifestation of the Love that conveys life and grace, present and alive in ways that transcend our ordinary limits in time. It is the personal presence and power of God, who is Love, alive and at large in the world despite our denials. It is a physical and temporal reality that also transcends physical and temporal reality because Love is stronger than death.
The Resurrection is not a metaphor, it is a direct and intelligible fact of existence, as personal and universal as gravity and falling in love. If we are indifferent to this manifestation of the fundamental principle of reality at its deepest core, then we are the ones who have died at our own hands and are in need of a personal resurrection.
The Resurrection is not a metaphor.