Still Empty

Among the great days in the history of God’s people, none is more important than resurrection Sunday. The resurrection of Jesus is the foundational fact of Christianity.  The composite event of the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus forms the crux of Christianity. Still, the historical reality of the resurrection is that which demands the world’s attention. The validity of the Christian faith rests on the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead. We are Christians because we believe: Jesus is alive (Acts 2:24, 32; 3:15; 4:2, 10; 10:40); He ministers before God the Father as our High Priest (Heb. 2:17; 3:1; 4:14-15); He is active and powerful in this world (Col. 1:16-17); and He will come again as Redeemer and Judge (Acts 10:42; 17:31; 2 Tim. 4:1).

The resurrection of Jesus is what sets Jesus and Christianity apart from every other religion and philosophy. If the resurrection were not true, then Christianity is a pathetic delusion (1 Cor. 15:14, 17) and the horrible death at Golgotha would be one among millions of tragic deaths were it not for the empty tomb. If Jesus has indeed risen, then everything He said was true (Jn. 8:32). He is God incarnate (Jn. 1:1, 14; 20:28). His death is the atoning sacrifice for sins (Mt. 20:28; 26:28).  His understanding of the Old Testament is correct (Lk. 24:44-45). The apostles really were inspired by the Holy Spirit as He said they would be (Jn. 14:26; 16:13). The New Testament is the word of the living God, not philosophic or religious speculation (2 Tim. 3:16-17). If Jesus has risen from the dead, He is Lord of all things, and every person must submit to Him (Phil. 2:8-11).  He will return to redeem those who are His and to judge those who continue to rebel (Mt. 25:31-46).

Every Sunday is resurrection day (it does not come just once a year). Every baptism is a reenactment of and participation in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (Rom. 6:3-7). The resurrection of Jesus changes the way we view everything (2 Cor. 5:14-17).  Are you living your life based on the implications of the still empty tomb?

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