He is Risen

Of all the world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of the Christian faith. Read what the Apostle Paul said concerning the resurrection of Jesus:

“Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” 1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Really!?! We still believe this today? A dead man who has come back to life? In our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, we can’t really take those claims seriously, right? Some argue that Jesus never died, some say he was completely made up. With so many conflicting stories the empty tomb seems suspect.

Doesn’t that all sound familiar? If you have watched any shows on History, Discovery, or wherever during Holy Week before you have heard people posing these same questions. It is really tough to know the truth when so many different types of stories are reported by “credible” people. Jesus Christ risen from the dead is a life changing reality. The evidence is there all we have to do is see with for ourselves.

The resurrection was a public act that hundreds of people bore witness to. The scriptures testify to this fact as it often names a source and then says if you don’t believe me go and ask them, they are still alive. As they told the story of the resurrection they were not trying to hide any of the facts. The biggest testimony to this is the part of the women being the first to witness his resurrection. Women in the first century were not credible witnesses, their testimony was not valid in court. Yet the gospels show women to be the first to the tomb. If they were crafting a good story that they wanted everyone to believe they would have left out the part about the women. Instead, the story is told as it unfolded before their very eyes.

The disciple and Gospel writer, John, was strategic in his writing and intentionally did not say everything about Jesus. But all four gospels agree that on the events leading up to the passion, they agree on the events of the cross and they all fully believe in his bodily resurrection. The evidence is real but the cross will always seem like foolishness to those who are perishing. John wrote his gospel that some might believe that Jesus is who he said he was.

The resurrection is real and not a metaphor. There are some who deny the resurrection ever happened, but there are also some who believe that the story of the resurrection was simply a metaphor that we can rise from whatever held us captive or we need to resurrect some good behaviors or whatever. If the resurrection is only a metaphor then we (Christians) should be pitied (felt sorry for). Without the resurrection there is no Christianity. If this is just a metaphor on how to live life, Christianity is just another made up myth that can be thrown to the side with all the rest.

Jesus came out of the grave because death could not hold him. I pray that if you don’t know the risen Christ that you investigate the evidence for yourself and place your hands in his side, hands and feet to see if it is real.

Have a blessed Easter! He is Risen!

What’s your perspective of the cross?