It is not Easter this coming Sunday, but the resurrection of Jesus Christ is not any less consequential. In fact, I fear that we don’t talk about it nearly as much as we should. For “if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” But it’s not only that we who are living remain without deliverance from sin; those who have died already, have eternally perished in their sin as well. The Bible states, unequivocally, that we are without hope apart from the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Bible teaches us that we are begotten unto a “lively hope” by the “resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Paul, in his message to the Athenians on Mars Hill, said this: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. This tells me that the resurrection is God’s way of demonstrating to the world that the Gospel message is true! It is the firm assurance that we need, the hope, the verifiable evidence, that the record and words of Christ are true.
We spend so much of our time being confounded by the critics, when in reality, we have the story that should confound them! We should ask, “What about the resurrection?” Yes, what about that! There are theories, of course, that Christ really didn’t come back to life. But none hold up under a greater degree of scrutiny. Why would nearly all of the 1st century church go on to suffer in mass, and many die horrible, tortuous deaths to perpetuate a falsehood? Why follow to the grave the words of man who truly did not come back to life? The story of the resurrection is life changing, both figuratively and literally. We should hold firmly to its undying truth in our present age of change and criticism. It has given us newness of life to walk in, and it is the assurance all men need that the Gospel is true.