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Cornerstone of Christianity

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?


Genesis Dangerous to Children

Bill Nye–that sweet science guy–recently said the following:

“If you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can… we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.”

Don’t be too upset by Nye because thousands of teachers are indoctrinating our children with the evolution of Man from a lower being. It is no longer ever taught as a “theory.”  Youngsters who dare question this are ridiculed not only by their peers, but by their teachers. This is what your children face five days a week in our public schools. Students, and parents, are ignorant and incapable if they accept Genesis’ explanation of God’s creation.

On the other hand, a number of highly respected scientists have already rejected the probability of evolution. There are just too many “accidental” changes for which to account. Unfortunately some of these scientists, who cannot bring themselves to accept the possibility of God, have turned to the theory that we were planted on Earth by superior beings from other planet systems. Oh, that makes a lot more sense than believing that there is a God who rules our lives.

Bill Nye’s thoughts are cemented in the educational system. It is up to us, the parents, to give our children the tools of battle, knowledge and confidence.  Too often our kids hear from their parents concerning the faith, “You just have to believe” or “We just have faith that it is true.”  I am not maligning that answer, for ultimately the evolutionist, the atheist, the Christian, or the follower of any religion or idea has to say, “Because I believe it.”

However, there is also a logic and reasonableness to Christianity that cannot be denied. There is much about evolution that is not taught to our children. The inevitable answer to sin is a deliverer; the inevitable answer to the complexity of even a blade of grass is a creator.

May I encourage you to study the reasonableness of your faith; the creation of God’s word, as well as His world. Get to know the New Testament that we know was written by first hand witnesses. Study the complexity of nature. Educate yourself and pass your knowledge on to your children. Ask them what they were taught in school today, and help them when the teaching leads them to question their faith. Talk to your youth leader and pastors about how to help your kids face the world with confidence.

Yes, we believe because the Holy Spirit has given us the gift of faith, but there is also the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge concerning our Christianity. Jesus said to His disciples (that includes us) “Behold I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matt. 10:14).  Paul said in Ephesians 6, “…put on the full armor of God, so that … you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, …and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of PEACE [emphasis mine]….”

Sue Wilson

Last week we talked about playing to win and not playing to not lose. Once you have defined a win, a way of life which is pleasing to God and fulfilling for you then you have to defend it. Scripture says that we need to guard our heart. The devil is prowling around like a roaring lion ready to pounce on any opportunity. If we are not on our guard we will fall into old habits and redefine winning in terms of the world.

Defense is only half the game; you also have to play to win. Spiritual disciplines are the offensive line of our faith. If we want to remain strong in our relationship with God then we better be proactive in our reading, prayer, and meditation.

For an example let’s look at Jesus. When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness as he was fasting for 40 days, how did he respond to attacks by the devil?

When the devil said “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” If I haven’t eaten for 40 days and you mention bread, if I have the power to turn the stones into bread you better believe that I would do it. But Jesus responds like this, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” To read the whole story go to Matthew 4:1-11.

When confronted by the devil, Jesus responds with Scripture. He spent time studying the Word so that it would roll off his lips when confronted with a battle. (Not to mention that he is at the center of all the Scriptures)

What rolls off your lips when confronted in battle? When it comes to your faith: What does it mean to be on offense? What does it mean to play defense?

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