Why I believe Jesus’ resurrection is not only true, but matters – Easter 2021, Part 5

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So is the resurrection truly true?

If you want a scientific answer, with insurmountable proof, I’m sorry but I’m not able to give that.  I hope you heard in the previous post some strong evidence for the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. People who had very good reason to kill the Christian movement only had to produce a body, and they didn’t. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul wrote that there were many people still alive who saw the risen Jesus at the time Paul wrote the letter. Furthermore, some of those people who claimed to be eyewitnesses both of Jesus’ death and resurrection gave their lives for his cause. They died specifically due to their commitment to spread the news far and wide that this actually happened. How likely would it be for people to die for what they knew was a lie? While it does happen, I find it quite unlikely or rare. In early Christianity, it was extremely prevalent.

What I write here, then, is evidence that Jesus’ resurrection is true.

But do I have scientific proof? No. 

Instead we must place our faith in the resurrection.  As Paul said in Romans 10:9,10, “Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead.”  If God is all-powerful, it’s not hard to envision the possibility that God could do this.  But it is still a matter of faith.  I’d also offer up for proof ways that I’ve seen a living and active God interacting in my life, and maybe you in your life.  He is real to me.  And, alive in my life. I would be glad to talk with you further about this.

I urge you to place your faith in Christ, that he died and rose again, and that in him we can all be made new.  Because of his death and resurrection for our sins, we can experience his abundant life now and eternal life in heaven. 

If Jesus really did rise from the dead, then hold on.  Stop everything.  Life cannot go on business as usual.  If Jesus really did rise from the dead, then Jesus is God.  He is the way, the truth and life, like he said he was.  He is a massively big deal.  We should give our lives to believe in him, follow him, and live for him.

Maybe you already believe in the resurrection. But I wonder if it has become ho-hum for you. When is the last time you’ve been in awe of the resurrection? Do you talk about it much? If it is true, like we say we believe it is true, then we Christians should be talking about it regularly.

So how about taking part in a social experiment this week with your family and friends, neighbors and co-workers.  Ask them what they think about Jesus’ resurrection.  First, do they believe it actually happened?  Or do they think it didn’t happen?  Second, ask them, if it did happen, what does it matter?  What is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection?  Does it matter only to Christians?  Or does it matter to everyone?

Published by joelkime

I love my wife, Michelle, and our four kids and two daughters-in-law. I serve at Faith Church and love our church family. I teach a course online from time to time, and in my free time I love to read and exercise, especially running,

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