Sorry I didn’t post at all last week. We were out of town for the meeting of the Oklahoma State Assoc. of Free Will Baptists and I just didn’t have time to get to it.
For the last couple of weeks on my blog we were heeding Paul’s advice to the Corinthians to Examine Ourselves and see if Jesus Christ was really among us. We started the examination with obedience, from there we went to holiness , then to love and hate.
The last of our examinations dealt with Jesus. Since Jesus is the center of Christianity everything rises and falls on Him. Our examination in regards to Jesus revealed that Jesus is God, Jesus is God in the flesh and Jesus died for our sins. Today is the last of our examinations in regards to Jesus. That is that Jesus rose from the dead.
“Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. 5 But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.’ 8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.” Matthew 28:1-8 (NKJV)
To believe properly about Jesus we must also believe that He physically rose from the dead. This is the most critical thing to understand. The reason is if Jesus rose from the dead then the other testimonies about Him are true. If He didn’t then they are not. If He didn’t rise from the dead He is not God, He didn’t die for your sins and He isn’t the Savior of the world.
We live in a day that has much skepticism about anything supernatural especially as it pertains to Christianity. People will believe that Madam Zelda at the psychic hotline can tell the future without errors, but they can’t believe that God could inspire the Bible without errors. They can believe that space aliens came down to earth and built Stonehenge, but they cant believe that the Son of God came down to earth in human form and built a bridge between God and man. They can believe that Elvis is still alive, but they can’t believe that Jesus is. However, those who claim to believe in Jesus Christ cannot accept this attitude.
The Bible says that Jesus was, “…declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Romans 1:4 (NKJV)
Scripture’s testimony is clear that Jesus really died and was physically raised from the dead never to die again. Any belief system that denies this truth is fundamentally flawed and must be rejected.
As believers in Jesus Christ we must understand this and stand on this. There are many doctrines that we can agree to disagree on and all still be Christians. What we believe about Jesus is not one of these.
“Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 1:9 (NKJV)
For further study read 1 Corinthians 15:11-20. The first thing Paul explains in verses 12-13 is that if there is no resurrection, then Jesus Christ is not risen and is indeed still dead. Paul then shows us the consequences of a world without a risen Savior. What are the consequences Paul gives of a world without a risen Savior in verses 14-19? What hope does Paul give us in verse 20?