Some Thoughts on the Resurrection…
“The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. If the resurrection did not take place, then Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God, and the Christian faith is absolute truth.”—Henry Morris
“Before we can reason the resurrection out of history, we must reason Paul and Christianity out of existence. We must admit the miracle or frankly confess that we stand before an inexplicable mystery.”—Dr. Philip Schaff
“What happened as a result of the Resurrection is unprecedented in human history. In the span of a few hundred years, a small band of seemingly insignificant believers succeeded in turning an entire empire upside down. As has been well said, ‘They faced the tyrant’s brandished steel, the lion’s gory mane, and the fires of a thousand deaths,’ because they were utterly convinced that they, like their Master, would one day rise from the grave in glorified, resurrected bodies.”—Hank Hanegraaff
“The cradle and the cross are of little value without the resurrection. But the cradle plus the cross, plus the resurrection, equals salvation.”—Tony Bazen
“The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a certainty, if any fact, not merely of Christianity, but of history, stands on an impregnable foundation, this does.”—B. P. Goodwin D. D.
“The fact of resurrection is not extraordinary; it is in accord with what we who believe, all believe to be the uniform law of life—that death does not touch it. The witnesses to the resurrection of Christ were unprejudiced, unexpectant, incredulous, and their honesty is not doubted even by skeptical criticism.” — Charles Spurgeon
“The tomb could hold Him no longer. Death is strong, but life is stronger. Stronger than the dark, the light. Stronger than the wrong, the right. Faith and hope, triumphant say, ‘Christ arose that Resurrection day!’”—Unknown
I read where some bones from one of Buddha’s fingers were uncovered and sent as a gift to the emperor of China during the Tang Dynasty. They were later forgotten about and then rediscovered in 1981. The finding was a sensation to Buddhists everywhere, and today the bones are now visited by many Buddhists.
On the other hand, (no pun intended), if someone claimed to find a finger that belonged to Christ, no Christians would believe him because our faith is founded on the fact that there is no finger to find—Christ rose from the dead and He is alive forevermore! For that reason, we gather today not in commemoration of our Savior who died for our sin, but rather we gather in celebration of our Savior who lives! And because He lives, we too can have ultimate victory over the grave. So today sing out in celebration and tune in to the message of resurrection celebration.
Next Sunday is also Big… we will REIGNITE our small groups—our Sunday School “Connection Groups”. Our schedule will be as follows… 8:15 Blended Worship with Choir/orchestra; 9:45 “Connection Groups”; and 10:50 Alive—Contemporary Worship. It’s been over 7 months since we’ve experienced anything close to this… I am so excited and look forward to seeing you here as our REIGNITE emphasis continues. And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!
For God’s Glory Alone,