This Sunday marks the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ! From pulpits all across our world, the greatest truth will be proclaimed: “Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again on the third day!”
The New Testament gives the Good News: “Jesus is risen!” All four gospels record the event of the resurrection. Acts testifies of the power of the resurrection, and the epistles expound on the meaning of the resurrection. The Bible gives over 100 references to this greatest event.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the chief proof of the Christian faith. It is the truth that lies at the very foundation of the Gospel. Other doctrines of the Christian faith may be important, but the resurrection is essential. Without a belief in the resurrection, there can be no personal salvation. Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Paul says in the 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians, verse 19: “If Christ is not risen, our preaching is vain; our faith is vain; we are false witnesses and are still in our sins!” But then, he adds in verse 20: “But now is Christ risen from the dead!” The Bible says that the Risen Christ appeared to more than 500 people before He ascended back to His Father in heaven.
What does this mean?
One. It means that every claim that .made is true.
Two. It means that Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave, and took back the authority that Adam lost in the Garden of Eden.
Three. It means for the believer, there should be no more fear of death.
The moment a man, woman, boy or girl receives Jesus as Lord and Savior, believing in the finished work of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary, his or her spirit is quickened with the resurrection life of Jesus. When eternal life is received by faith, this person passes from “death to life.” “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Jesus Himself said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He that believes in Me, though He die, yet shall He live; and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” Then Jesus asked the very important question: “Do you believe this?” The question still demands a response. Do you believe?
Jim and Judy Vaught are ministers at Calvary Assembly of God in Mount Airy.