March 1, 2015 Dear Friends, Years ago, in my first church, in order to encourage members to attend Sunday School, we had a campaign called “March to Sunday School in March.” It seems that adults think Sunday School is only for children. That’s why, years ago, churches changed the name of “Sunday School” to “Bible […]
The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus – the celebration of Easter around the world in Christian countries is upon us. Paul put it this way in 1 Corinthians 15:14 & 17. “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain…And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”
The word “resurrection” means a rising from the dead or a return from the dead and always, in the Bible, refers to the resurrection of the body. There can be no resurrection of the soul or spirit for these cannot die. The Bible teaches that the whole Christian faith rests upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament Scriptures, hundreds of years before Christ ever came to this earth, prophesied that He would be raised from the dead. (Jonah 1:17; Isa. 53:10-12; Ps. 16:10; cf. Matt 12:39, 40)
Consider Christ’s own words – many times He told His disciples that He would be raised from the dead. (Matt. 12:40; 16:21; 17:9; 17:22-23; 20:18,19; 26:32; Mark 8:3, 10:34, John 2:19-22) As the God-Man, Christ had to keep His word concerning His resurrection.
Consider the Empty Tomb – The body of Jesus on Easter morning was not in the grave. The Bible states that Jesus Christ supernaturally rose bodily from the grave after lying there for three days as a dead corpse. (cf. Luke 24:38-43)
Consider the Appearances of the Lord after the Resurrection to His disciples – our Lord appeared at least fifteen times to various parties after His resurrection by “many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3).
Consider the Resurrection and the unbeliever – A very definite part of the gospel is the resurrection of Jesus Christ
(1 Cor. 15:1-4) and apart from it no man can be justified or declared righteous before God (Rom. 4:25). According to John 20:31, it is stated that all these things concerning Christ were written “that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name.” Unbeliever, you may reject the facts of the resurrection; disprove the facts you cannot!
Lastly, Consider the Resurrection and the Christian – The Christian’s faith must be anchored in the resurrection. Paul, in 1 Cor. 15:12-19 states that if Christ is not risen then the Christian’s faith is vain, he is still in his sins and we are most miserable and to be pitied; there is no hope for our loved ones and we are lost.
But Paul tells us that Christ has risen from the dead and because He has risen, all those that have placed their faith in Him as Lord and Savior will be raised unto eternal life. Upon the fact of Christ’s resurrection our whole Christian faith rests!
So dear reader, to believe in Christ’s resurrection is intellectually acceptable and is based on the accurate facts of scripture which is reliable history. If the resurrection could be disproved, then and only then would the church go out of existence. The resurrection has not been disproved in two thousand years, and it will never be disproved!
Christian, rejoice! Your Lord is risen. As Christians we worship, are united to, and serve the resurrected and living Christ who is the Head of the Church, His Body.
Consider in closing some of the words of Alfred H. Ackley in his hymn “He Lives.”
I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He’s always near.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
Resting in my living Savior,
Dr. Frederick W. Carroll
1 Cor. 15:4 “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”