Resurrection

I Serve A Resurrected Savior

JESUS IS A RESURRECTED SAVIOR

To say that a belief in the doctrine of the resurrection is important to Christianity would be an understatement. In fact, this doctrinal principle is absolutely key, essential, necessary and foundational so much so that it is completely truthful to say that, “No resurrection means no Christianity!” You cannot have one without the other (1 Corinthians 15:13-19).

The individual writers of the New Testament use the word “resurrect” in its different tenses no less than 40 times! And those 40 times do not include the different references to people “being raised from the dead.” The gospel preaches not only a crucified Christ – it preaches a risen Christ! The apostle Paul used the Old Testament scriptures to tell the Jews, “…that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.”” (Acts 17:3). Paul left no room for anything but an understanding that says Christians serve a resurrected Savior.

THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT

The apostle Thomas refused to believe it when the other disciples told him that they had seen Jesus alive and well. The only way he would change the doubt in his heart was by seeing Jesus with his own eyes. Thomas got what he asked for in John 20:19-28! Not only did Thomas see Jesus, over 500 witnesses at one time saw Jesus on this side of the tomb (1 Corinthians 15:6). Witnesses do away with doubt and when it comes to Jesus’ resurrection the doubt not only flies out the door, it flies out of the heart. Blessed are the ones who kick out doubt without seeing (John 20:29).

THERE IS NO BONES ABOUT IT

Peter and John ran to Jesus’ tomb and found nothing but used grave-clothes and a napkin laid in place. No body or bones were there to be found (John 20:1-9). The disciples carried the body of Jesus to the tomb, but Jesus left under His own power (John 10:18). The Jews could not deny it, so they lied about it (Matthew 28:1-15). All other religions serve a lord who has died. Christianity serves the only Lord who died and rose again! An empty tomb was found then and much to the chagrin of others today, that tomb will be empty tomorrow.

THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT IT

Peter preached to the attentive audience on Pentecost day that all doubts, bones and questions were gone! He told them that the body of king David was still in Jerusalem, but the body of King Jesus was ruling upon the throne from Heaven (Acts 2:25-36). The people chose to kill Jesus but they could not stop Jesus from living! Peter used scriptural and physical evidences to do away with the questions of Jesus’ resurrection. He preached with conviction and that conviction cut the crowd to the heart. At the end of Peter’s sermon they only had one more question and they got their answer, but it was not about Jesus’ resurrection (Acts 2:37-38).

THERE IS NO WAY AROUND IT

We not only can sing the words “I serve a risen Savior” but more importantly we can read them as well. We can choose to believe now, or we can have no choice later. The apostle Paul said, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31). There is no way around it; the gospel of Christ ends the same way every time.

No doubts; no bones; no question; no way around it – Jesus died for our sins on the cross in the past, Jesus lives in Heaven today and in the future we will meet Jesus in the air. Hallelujah, what a resurrected Savior!

Enemies of the Resurrection

The resurrection of the dead is the cornerstone doctrine that Christianity is built upon; at least that’s how the apostles felt about it. Paul put it all out on the table by plainly, and soberly, telling the church at Corinth:

Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” (1 Corinthians 15:12-19)

In the midst of the church at Corinth there were enemies of the resurrection, but when you think about it, the resurrection had enemies before the church was even established.

Even though the Old Testament gave evidence of the resurrection to the Jews, there were still doubters and deniers. They had the example of Elisha and the young child (2 Kings 4), the example of the “raising” of Samuel’s soul (1 Samuel 28), the example of the dead bones of Elisha and the living man (2 Kings 13) and the example of the prophecies in Isaiah 26:19 and Daniel 12:2, and this is not to mention the example Peter used from Psalm 16:10 while preaching Jesus as the resurrected Christ and Lord. Despite these repeated examples there were enemies who still contradicted the plain evidence of the scriptures…and people, even religious people, think they’re breaking new ground when they take on the examples of the Bible today???

On one occasion, Jesus told the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection but came to him sarcastically asking questions about it, in Matthew 22:23 that they were in error because they did not know the scriptures or the power of God (Matthew 22:29). What scriptures did they not know? It surely wasn’t the Gospel According to Matthew! It was in part, the very scriptures noted above. It was the scriptures of the very Law they were living under that said death is not the end all be all. In Matthew 22:32 Jesus proved by the language that God used with Moses, the writer of their Law, that man will live…does live beyond the grave:

“‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”” (Matthew 22:32)

What some people forget is that believers in the resurrection preceded the empty tomb of Jesus. Paul used the “pro-resurrection” beliefs of the Pharisees against the Sadducees to avoid an unjust trial against him (Acts 23:1-10) and he used the Old Testament scriptures to defend his teaching concerning the resurrection showing that the early fathers of the Jews believed in the resurrection too (Acts 24:15-16). So believers in the resurrection preceded the empty tomb for sure, but the empty tomb is what fulfills the hope that it takes to hold on to it! (1 Peter 1:3)

The resurrection brings hope to God’s people, but the resurrection brings fear to God’s enemies. This is why the resurrection was such a big “target” to people in the past who did not want to answer for what they had done; and why it remains the “target” that it is today even though God makes His grace available.

As soon as the good news of the empty tomb began to spread, people began to attack the resurrection (Matthew 28:1-15), but they didn’t win in the past and they won’t win in the future. As a matter of fact, to fight the fact of a resurrection is a losing battle that is not lost by the word win – it is lost by the word when!!! Read Colossians 3:4 if you don’t get it. EA

Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:24-26)

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There Will Never Be Another Name Like His Name

Many people sing the song that says, “There is a name I love to hear…” but do they mean it? They should, and we all should! Why’s that? Because there’s no name like the name Jesus!

Some in the religious world love to quibble over whether Jesus should be called ‘Yeshua’. Short sightedness! Why not call Him “Iesous” instead? That’s how we English speakers write what the Greek has recorded! What’s next? We have to learn to read the scriptures in the original languages you say? Hasn’t something like that been tried before??? At the end of the day when it comes to this “pronunciation, configuration and allegation situation” Titus 3:9 sounds better to me.

People need to realize that the power isn’t in the pronunciation – the power is in the person (Matthew 1:20-21).

Understand this: There’s been more than one Jesus, Yeshua, Iesous (Ιησούς), Hesus, Jesús, 耶穌, Íosa, 예수, Иисус, यीशु, Isa, Gesù, Ježíš, يسوع , תשווע to live life. But there’s only been one of those people who defeated death.

That’s the reason why there’s only one name given among men whereby we can be saved and there’ll never be another name like it; and that’s why we can sing about the name I love to hear! EA

let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)