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Theology Matters; The Resurrection

Hi CrossTown. Pastor Andy here to talk briefly about the most important event in human history. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the most significant and most life altering thing that has ever happened. It is what Christians celebrated this past Sunday in churches all over the world. You may have met people that say they are a Christian, but when it really comes down to it, they don’t believe the Bible. They may think that it is a nice way to live your life and follow the teachings of Jesus. But when really pressed they believe that Jesus was a great moral teacher… but of course he really didn’t perform all those miracles, he didn’t really rise from the dead, and he wasn’t really God… That stuff was all added to the Bible hundreds of years later. The fact is, the Apostle Paul, just a matter of years after Jesus walked on the earth addressed this very same issue. Even then people were skeptical of such an incredible claim. In 1 Corinthians Paul argues the implications the veracity of the resurrection.

          13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied (1 Corinthians 15:13-19).

It doesn’t matter how sincerely we believe in Jesus’ resurrection if it never happened. In fact that makes us of all people most to be pitied. If it didn’t happen then we are wasting our time going to church and following God’s laws. Paul concludes that if Christ did not rise from the dead then we should “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” If Christ didn’t rise then there is no resurrection for us. There is no eternal life to look forward to. Worse yet, we are still in our sins and in need of a savior.

There are huge implications to validity of Christ’s resurrection. This is not a fairy tale that we tell to our children at bed time. This is the truth of God. The truth that God has revealed to us in the scriptures. Jesus did in fact rise from the dead. He appeared to his disciples and as many as 500 people at one time. The men and women that he revealed himself to bore witness to this fact. They believed so strongly in what they saw that they gave their lives in defense of it. We just celebrated Christ’s Resurrection almost 2,000 years after the actual event. Christ’s resurrection turned the world upside down. It vindicated Jesus’ claims to his being God. It validated his payment for the sins of his elect that he accomplished on the cross.

We are still celebrating his resurrection. We are changed, and continue to proclaim the most significant event in human history. What we believe about Christ has enormous implications on how we live our lives. As Christians we celebrate Christ’s resurrection not just on Easter but every Sunday that we gather. Especially when we share in Communion we proclaim the gospel, the good news of Christ, that Christ has died, Christ had risen, and Christ will come again.

Not everyone believes what we claim. In fact many don’t. That shouldn’t stop us from sharing the truth of Jesus. We need not fear the arguments of the secular world around us. As a humorous example of this I want to leave you with this funny video from Lutheran Satire, responding to Richard Dawkins, the renowned atheist and evolutionary biologist, rejection of Jesus’ resurrection.

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