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He Is Risen! 3.27.2016



The existence of the Christian Church is dependent upon whether Jesus Christ arose from the dead and is alive today. If He indeed arose from the dead, then it follows that all that He did and said in His life is true. If He did not rise from the dead, then it also follows that all that He did and said is not true.

Let us hear how this question was answered by the Apostle Paul in the year 50 AD (approximately) picking up at the beginning of chapter 15 of 1st Corinthians.

He begins his answer by speaking of the Gospel that he received and which is defined as the death, the burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He goes onto give evidence of Jesus' resurrection by pointing out the various people who had seen Jesus alive after His resurrection, which included Himself. He poses the rhetorical question in verse 12, then gives the consequences of a non resurrected Jesus.

No resurrection means that Christ is not risen, the content of our preaching is worthless, our faith has no substance, we are liars, we are yet in our sins, those who have gone on before have died in their sins, and we who are living today have only this life to live. But.....no, He is resurrected, and therefore the opposite of what he just told them/us is true.

Christ arose and He is the "first fruits" of them that slept. His unique resurrection precedes all other resurrections, for even though people have been raised from the dead previously in a physical sense, all but Jesus went back to the grave to await the final resurrection unto life.

What does this mean for you, for me, as we live in the benefits of Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead?

There is a resurrection from the dead, therefore Christ is risen. This means that the content of our preaching is true, our faith has as its object the person and work of Jesus Christ, we are telling the truth, we are not in our sins, those who have fallen asleep (died) before us are awaiting the resurrection from the dead, and a day is coming in which we and all believers will be resurrected unto eternal life.

Let this be an encouragement to us today, for that which we believe is not based on some abstract idea, but rather it is based on the historical facts of the death, burial and resurrection of the Incarnate God, Jesus the Christ.

One more thought...Children simply take God at His Word and here is a great example of how that works. May we have the faith of this child....

Last year during our time of Vacation Bible School I had made a tomb into which was placed a form that represented the dead body of Jesus Christ. A stone had been rolled onto the opening just as it had been done with the tomb of Jesus. As I brought the 10-12 year old youngsters there to the tomb, one of the young boys shouted out: "What a joke, you think that that stone is going to stop Jesus from getting out! You can't keep God dead!


Pastor Orval Wirkkala


Posted on 27 Mar 2016 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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