He Is Risen

He is risen, a three word statement that is so profound and carrying huge implications. Because if Jesus was not resurrected from the dead, as the great Apostle Paul said, in 1 Cor 15:14, “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.”

13132In essence, if the resurrection of Christ did not occur then, our ministry, faithful enduring, acts of love and preaching of the Gospel is useless and empty. It would all be for nought, if this event never took place. Why? Because firstly, it would mean that Jesus was wrong and he lied, when he claimed that he would rise from the dead on the third day. If this is the case then we can not trust anything that he said or did, or the veracity of the Bible. Thus, there’s no point in believing Him. Secondly, if Jesus did not rise then, there may be no resurrection for anybody else, including his followers.

Thus, if we simply disappear and no longer exist after death, then there is no perfect judgement and no ultimate accountability for the life that we have lived. If we are not having to be accountable to the ultimate Judge, then it makes no difference in the end if we obey God or disobey, if we sin or live a good life, we all just disappear and everyone’s end result is the same, nothing.

This certainly makes for a horribly bleak and miserable prospect but the Good News however is that the resurrection of Jesus is one of the most provable events in history.

Dr. Simon Greenleaf, Royall Professor of Law at Harvard University said, “There is more evidence for the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ than for just about any other event in history.”

The weight of evidence of the resurrection of Christ is overwhelming when examined, and since He did rise again, it means we can take Him at His Word because not one jot or tittle shall be passed from his Word until it’s fulfilled. We can also take courage that our lives here on earth counts towards our eternal reward. When we obey God’s Word, we can trust that we receive God’s gift of salvation. Let us walk in the newness of life and victory wrought through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, receiving God’s abundant life here on earth and everlasting life to come!

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

Risen

14500While the western world celebrates this Easter holiday period as merely some token of what many may or may not believe as the crucifixion of Christ. There are those who do not believe that Jesus is the Lord or that he even existed at all. Then there are those who do believe that Jesus lived, walked the earth and died a cruel and agonizing death upon the Roman instrument of torture; the cross. I believe this to be true because there is overwhelming historical, documentary and even personal evidence to affirm this.

Not only did Jesus die and was buried in a tomb but the Bible account of His resurrection also stands as one of the most controversial topics from all disciplines and religions. Simply because if Jesus died and was buried but did NOT rise from the dead, then he is just another man. In fact he would be even worse than that because he promised and predicted that he would, thus he would have been a liar and a failure.

However, since He did resurrect from the dead, the implications are enormous. Jesus was constantly tested and without fail he proved His deity and power with miracles, signs and wonders. His own death was the ultimate test of this, proving He had power over man’s ultimate futility. Secondly, Jesus proved that the words He spoke were true and that not even death could falter them.

The implications upon humanity is also huge. Since He proved that He is in fact God, and that what He said is true, then we must do everything in our power to hear His words and do them. The great news is that Jesus can be trusted, his words are reliable and we have the hope of resurrection one day, which gives meaning to our lives today.

Paul said “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” 1 Cor 15:19.  The great apostle is right, in that if our lives are limited to only our earthly existence then that is a very daunting and depressing prospect. Thank God our hope is for more than a great life here on earth with Christ but that we will reign with Him for eternity. This ought to lift us out of misery and depression. One day we shall be free from the shackles of this human body and the limitations of life on this planet. One day we shall be unleashed and truly free. This I reiterate not only brings meaning to our conduct; our living right, doing good and discipline which will be worth it all, but this brings us joy and joy unspeakable. Be encouraged today; be not weary in well-doing for you shall reap in due season if you faint not.

Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Rev 22:20

 

This is a blog post from Stanley Harveythe Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.