Although celebrating the Resurrection may always seem like a joke to our skeptic friends, this year Easter Sunday actually falls on April Fool’s Day. I’m not kidding! However, to those of us who understand the importance of the Resurrection and how crucial it is to the Gospel message, the irony could not be more profound.
After deceiving mankind in the Garden of Eden, setting their descendants upon a path of death and destruction, attempting to thwart the coming Messiah by exterminating the infant boys of Bethlehem, tempting the Savior in the wilderness, and orchestrating events which culminated in the crucifixion of Christ, Satan must have breathed an enormous sigh of relief as the tomb was sealed with the body of Jesus inside. Three days later, the devil received the shock of his rather antiquated existence: April Fools—He is risen!
“Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him, from rising again!”
CREATION AND THE RESURRECTION
It is no wonder that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is under attack in our culture. Like Creation, the implications to its veracity are staggering. If the world really was created by the word of Almighty God; if Jesus truly conquered sin, death, and the grave, doesn’t this mean that God deserves all of our worship, honor, and love? Isn’t He worthy of everything?
During His earthly ministry, Jesus not only testified to the credibility of creation (Mark 10:6; John 5:46-47), but He also predicted His own death and resurrection (Matthew 16:21; John 11:25-26). Through scientific observation we are able to discover truths which support the Creation account; through historical examination we unearth evidence, not only of Jesus’ existence, but also His death and resurrection. So why are numerous pastors and evangelical leaders afraid to take a stand on the literal interpretation of these truths?
“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in Me shall never die.” —John 11:25-26
CRUCIAL TO THE GOSPEL
Throughout the Book of Acts, as the church began to grow, continued emphasis was placed on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. In every sermon and witnessing opportunity, these truths were proclaimed. Writing to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul reiterated the good news of the Gospel, repeatedly underscoring the bodily resurrection of Christ. Boldly, he declared the futility of faith without the risen Savior. Yet so often, even well-meaning evangelicals forget to focus on the resurrection while presenting the Gospel.
“And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile;
you are still in your sins!” —1 Corinthians 15:17
RISEN WITHOUT A DOUBT
If someone told you the resurrection never happened, could you prove them wrong? Can you defend this truth against today’s critical attacks? Are you prepared to answer an unbelieving world’s questions about the reality of a crucified and risen Savior? Allow me to recommend an awesome resource from Creation Today!